“If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.”
It is hard not to be speculative of another’s agenda, but when you have been burnt time and time again, you often assume there is an agenda behind everyone’s actions. Whether or not we like it, there is often an agenda behind every action that you do. One hopes that the agenda is pure, but often the agenda is hidden because, if it is discovered, it will reveal the true intents of one’s heart.
The verse above is a part of the story of Haman going to the king to ask a law to be written to have the Jews killed. Haman said in verse 8, “…There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.” Haman embellished his agenda by telling the king that he would have money put into the king’s treasuries if he would allow the law to be written. This in and of itself should have told the king there was an agenda behind this request, but sadly the king was blinded by his greed. Haman’s agenda finally became clear when it was revealed that he wanted Mordecai killed. This story gives several lessons concerning agendas.
First, everyone has an agenda. To say that you have no agenda would be a lie. There is nothing wrong with having an agenda because many people have pure motives behind their actions. Just because someone has an agenda doesn’t make them a bad person, it just means they have a purpose for what they do.
Second, you can discover one’s agenda if you will be patient before making a decision. Impure agendas are often skewed, and that is why you must learn to wait before you make a decision about one’s request. Time is on your side, and before you make a decision about someone’s request, you need to learn the motive behind it. It doesn’t mean that someone’s request is wrong, but it is better to learn what their agenda is before you choose to join them in a venture.
Third, your motives will less likely be judged if you don’t have ulterior motives behind everything you do. Living a transparent life keeps others from wondering about your agenda with everything you do. I have learned in life that when you are bluntly honest with your motives, you take the speculations about your agenda away. In other words, be honest with all you do, and others will learn to trust what you say. Living for the LORD keeps your motives and agenda’s right. If you keep your eyes on the LORD and make everything you do to profit Him and others, you will find that people will less likely judge your every action.
Fourth, be careful not to break the trust others have placed in you. Don’t let selfishness seep into your life. Selfishness has ruined the heart of many Christians to get them to having ulterior motives behind their actions. If you have earned the trust of others by living purely, don’t do something that would cause others to lose their trust in your motives. If you always do right, and always make decisions to please the LORD and help others, you will never lose the trust that people have placed in you.