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.”
Preachers will ask this question, “If others reviewed our lives, would there be enough evidence to convict us of being a Christian?”
Paul was telling a carnal church that they need to take personal account of who Paul was to them, but I think the application goes deeper.
Many children of God will overlook these verses thinking the word ‘minister’ or ‘steward’ belongs to those in full-time ministry. While it is but one application, I am convinced of another. Every one of us has been called to be ministers and stewards of the gospel.
Can it be said of us that we have been faithful to the commands given us by our Savior? Many things could fall into this category, but this morning, God has reached deep in me regarding my closeness to Him.
Most everyone would agree that the first and most significant role or relationship we have is a child to our Heavenly Father. That connection gets muddied by sin. We separate ourselves in favor of anything but Him.
We will be faithful to our jobs.
We are faithful to that which pleases us.
We are faithful (most of the time) to the roles and responsibilities in our lives.
Why is it that we are lazy, haphazard, and almost apathetic with the most important relationships?
Sin will always cool the heart that once burned for God. Remaining in that condition will cause us to become numb to the things of God. We prioritize our relationships, and appropriate the time needed to fulfill those roles is a direct reflection of our faithfulness.
From pastor to usher, we are all equal at the foot of the cross.
Every one of us has been given gifts and talents to fulfill our role in the body of Christ, the local New Testament church. Think of it…
If every member of your church were to be Holy Spirit-filled stewards and ministers in our respective roles, what would that look like?
Acts 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
One accord in one place.
Paul saw the envyings, strife, and division in the church at Corinth. We are no different today. Satan uses the same tricks to keep the church from becoming what Christ commanded us to be.
Every great movement in any church starts with one who wants God more than their life. We have got to come to the place where we want the Spirit’s filling or die.
I will confess that I get just as distracted as the next person and need this reminder.
The Holy Spirit cannot fully take residence in a sin-filled vessel.
He can only take possession of that which we yield to Him.
It is in our nature to want control. It is that very nature that works against faith living. I cannot see my soul, but our soul knows whether we are clean or dirty. And when we have done our best, we can call out to our Heavenly Father to reveal what we cannot see.
Psalm 19:12 “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.”
Psalm 51:6 “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”
David knew himself well enough to involve God in the cleansing process. If he was known as a ‘man after God’s own heart,’ why do we not do the same?
Our cleanliness in our daily lives will determine our faithfulness as a minister and steward of the gifts God has given us.
We all want to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” But can we provide evidence of that today?