1 Corinthians 4:2 says."Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."
If you are saved you are a servant of God. More specifically you are, what the apostle Paul calls, a “steward.” The word “steward” literally means the manager of a household or of household affairs. In-other-words God is the owner and you are just taking care of what belongs to Him. He is the boss and you are His supervisor.
What 1 Corinthians 4:2 is saying is that as a Christian you must remember that what you have is not your own but God’s. Your possessions are not yours but they belong to God. Your money is not yours but God’s. Your talents and abilities are not yours but God’s. Your very own body doesn’t even belong to you but to God. The Bible says in 1Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
So, if God owns everything that you have including your very body then that means He has the right to tell you what to do with everything that you have and how to manage everything that you have. And that is where being a steward comes in.
Since the Bible calls the Christian a steward (1 Peter 4:10) we are to be managing well that which our Master puts into our hands. Again, the Bible says that a steward must be found faithful. Being faithful means being trustworthy or reliable. It speaks of consistency and loyalty.
The Bible didn’t say that you must be gifted, famous, well-known, charismatic, strong, or intelligent. It just says to be faithful!
The question for you today is “Am I a faithful steward to my Master, Jesus Christ? Am I faithful to read His Word and pray? Am I faithful in being obedient to His Word? Am I faithful in coming to the house of God? Am I faithful to lead my family in the way of God? Am I faithful to the Lord in the matter of finances? Am I a faithful witness for the Lord? Am I faithful to Him with the possessions, talents, and abilities that He has given me?”
The key to the Christian life is faith and faithfulness. The Bible says in several passages that the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). We are told that we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And then we are told to be faithful to the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). When this life is over and the Christian stands before Jesus at the judgment seat of Christ, He will say to those that have been faithful, “Well done thou good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21).”
Do not be mistaken, He will only say that to you in heaven if you’ve been faithful to Him on earth. So, examine your life today and say as David said in “Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
The Lord will show you if you are a faithful steward or not. If you are not then turn to Him and ask Him to help you to become a better steward of the things that He has given you and as you look to Him He will help you do just that. Make the choice to be faithful to the Lord and He will bless you. What the church needs today is not more preachers, singers, programs, talent, or even money but more faithful stewards of God. Every one of us can be and should be a faithful steward. God has been more than faithful to us and we should be faithful to Him.
My name is Jeff Carter. I am the pastor of Grace Baptist Tabernacle in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My wife’s name is Danielle Carter. We are excited to be called of God to serve the wonderful people at Grace Baptist Tabernacle.
I grew up in the home of a Baptist evangelist and was fortunate to have parents that loved the Lord and desired to raise me according to the teachings of the Bible. However, a godly upbringing is not what saved me. I had to place my faith in Jesus Christ, believing that He came to this earth, lived a sinless life, died for my sins and the sins of the world, and rose again on the third day offering to me and all who come to Him eternal life. I made the decision to receive God’s gift of salvation when I was 17 years of age.
My wife has a similar testimony. She grew up in the home of a pastor with godly parents that raised her in a biblical manner. But she also had to place her faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ for salvation, which she did at the age of 7.
As the pastor of Grace Baptist Tabernacle I want the central focus of my ministry to be Jesus Christ and His Word. Only Jesus can save a person and only Jesus change a person. This is the message that you will hear when I preach.
Everything that we do at Grace will be centered around the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a church we want to exalt the Savior, edify the saints, and evangelize the lost. We also want to make it all about Jesus.
I hope our ministry echoes the words of Paul in 1Corinthians 2:1-2 where he said “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
I will periodically update this blog and use it as a time of testimony, encouragement, and challenge. If you are in the Chattanooga area we would love to see you at Grace Baptist Tabernacle so that you can grow with us in the Lord and so that we can fellowship with one another in the Lord. You will find Grace to be a church that loves Jesus and loves people. Look forward to seeing you there.
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