IT IS REQUIRED IN STEWARDS, THAT A MAN BE FOUND FAITHFUL
1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
As we read these words written by the apostle Paul we readily recognize Paul’s conviction in being in example to others a servant of Christ, and a faithful steward being given the charge of bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles. A faithful steward of the hidden things of God.
A steward is one given the charge to take care of a possession or managing the affairs of another. A faithful steward is one who is accountable and worthy of the trust given to him.
Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:7-11 instructing first century Christians to be sober minded, prayerful, being loving and hospitable toward one another without grudge, being good stewards of the various gifts they had been given, knowing they were from God and were to be used to glorify Him through Christ. Just as we should recognize and use our various talents today.
We as Christians have been given the charge to spread the gospel, more specifically the elders of the church have been given the charge to care for, and take the oversight of the congregation, preachers given the charge to preach the word, and deacons given the charge to take care of various works and needs of the congregation.
Those accepting these responsibilities are expected by God as well as by members of the congregation, to be faithful, worthy of the trust given them, in carrying out their work, as well as being examples of a servant of Christ, both to Christians and those in the community.
Should we not expect the same accountability in those who teach our bible classes, those who lead us in our singing, or lead our prayers, read scriptures, serve on the Lord’s table, work as ushers as well as other duties that may be necessary in carrying out the work of the church.
Let us all strive to be faithful stewards by using our talents to glorify God and in our example as a servant of Christ.
By: Scott Jacques
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