THE WORD OF GRACE DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 18, 2015
1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-2, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
Beloved, we are called to be servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. As servants of Christ we are called to do whatever our master asks us to do. The Word here in Greek for servants means “underrower.” This was the person on the bottom of the boat rowing so that the craft would move forward. Morgan describes this "under-rower" as "one who acts under direction, and asks no questions, one who does the thing he is appointed to do without hesitation, and one who reports only to the One Who is over him."
We also are stewards of the mysteries of God. A steward is one who cares for the possessions of another, an overseer or manager. In our case, everything we posses: our abilities, and our provisions come from the Lord. We are stewards of what He has given us. “Thesteward was the master's deputy in regulating the concerns of the family, providing food for the household, seeing it served out at proper times and seasons, and in proper quantities. He received all the cash, expended what was necessary for the support of the family, and kept exact accounts, for which he was obliged at certain times to lay before the master.” (Clarke)
The end result is that we be found faithful. A faithful steward is one who is reliable. A reliable steward is always available and present. Beloved, God looks more for faithfulness than any other characteristic in our life. Can you be trusted? Are you consistent? Can you be counted upon to deliver the goods? Faithfulness is what our Lord requires.
What we lack in ability and possessions the Lord is more than able to pick up the slack. So many of those in ministry are there because they answered the call and made themselves available.
Faithfulness also carries over to all other aspects of our life. If married, a faithful spouse is one who can be trusted and leaned upon. They are highly valued. In a friendship, a faithful friend is one who will be there regardless of good times or bad. They are precious in our sight.
As servants and stewards of Christ we must be found faithful.
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!