Be Faithful

Those of us who know Christ as Savior are described in I Corinthians 4:1-5. And we are reminded how we should behave: faithfully, as stewards.

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“Be Faithful”

I Corinthians 4:1-5

  • Those of us who know Christ as Savior are described in this passage
  • We are described for a purpose
  • As we remember who we are, we are also reminded how we should behave
  • Faithfully, as stewards
  • A steward is someone who takes care of something that is not their own
  • They are responsible for something that belongs to someone else
  • A good steward does this faithfully
  • They execute the task with integrity, according to the owner’s desires
  • Today, an exhortation from I Corinthians: “Be Faithful”

I Corinthians 4:1

1  Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 

  • Here is our first encounter with the word “steward”
  • This word means manager, usually the manager of a household
  • It is someone with whom the head of a house or proprietor has entrusted the management of his affairs
  • The word that comes first, accompanies this word steward, is “minister”
  • This is a servant
  • Again, someone serving under another
  • Often someone who “serves with their hands”
  • As believers in Christ, we must see ourselves in this way
  • This is who we are
  • We are ministers and stewards
  • When it says we are stewards of the “mysteries of God”
  • It doesn’t mean stewards of things that are unknown, but rather things that are indeed known
  • It is speaking of the good news, the gospel, and God’s word
  • We are servants of God, managing the distribution of His message
  • These descriptions of believers are helpful
  • They remind us of the exciting, but sobering responsibility we have
  • How then should we go about this work?

I Corinthians 4:2

2  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 

  • God himself is requiring something of us – his ministers and stewards
  • We are to be found faithful
  • We must prove that we can be relied upon
  • We must be worthy of trust
  • We must discharge our duties with diligence and fidelity
  • He is an ever-gracious master, but He has expectations
  • And our humble, righteous response is critical
  • There are some wonderful things to remember, of course
  • He does not leave us on our own, but walks daily by our side
  • He leads the way in love, eager to see us follow His footsteps
  • And He loves His children
  • Provides abundant mercy – lifting those who stumble
  • Let’s be very clear about stewardship
  • God requires faithfulness, and this is no stretch, so do we!
  • Consider those who we trust to be our stewards:
    • Bankers or insurance providers
    • Lawyers or doctors
    • Plumbers and mechanics
    • Even our friends and family
  • They are merely stewards of earthly things like:
    • Money
    • Safety
    • Our good name
    • Material possessions
    • Our happiness
    • Or our security
  • These things are not trivial
  • But we deal in matters of life and death, heaven and hell
  • Responsible to proclaim the truth to those believing lies
  • To bring light to those in darkness
  • To provide hope to those without it
  • To present the gift of life to the dead
  • To urge them to consider eternity an their place in it
  • How could we then expect any lower of a standard from God?
  • For we hold those who steward our earthly goods to a standard of faithfulness too!
  • The next portion reminds us that it is not others who determine how God’s steward is doing
  • Only our master can judge our faithfulness

I Corinthians 4:3

3  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 

4  For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 

  • We are in danger of consider what others think
  • We may either “perform” for them – disingenuous, with wrong motives
  • Or fear what they may think if we follow the Savior’s directives
  • But others have no right to judge our ministry
  • We have no right to judge our own ministry
  • Let us entrust judgement to the One who knows perfectly
  • And always judges rightly
  • The One for whom we are stewards – the Lord
  • It is not about whether we look good to others
  • Or whether we feel good about ourselves
  • The Master sets the standards
  • And He determines if we meet them

I Corinthians 4:5

5  Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

  • His evaluation goes far beyond any man’s evaluation
  • He knows all the hidden things
  • He sees what man cannot
  • He looks into the heart
  • When we struggle to determine our motivations, He has no struggle
  • His judgement is perfection
  • The standard is His eternal word
  • This is a simultaneous encouragement and warning
  • A wonderful privilege and a grave responsibility
  • It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful
  • Let us go forth, bearing His message, as His worthy stewards and ministers

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