Daily Devotion for April 21, 2017
'Trustworthy Servants and Stewards'
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 NAS
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
When I came across these verses today, they struck me as profoundly important. Brothers and sisters in Christ: these two small verses are important because ALL Believers are regarded as “servants of Christ,” as “stewards of the mysteries of God,” and ALL OF US are “required” to be “trustworthy”...
“as servants of Christ:”
The Greek word used for “servants” means an inferior officer or assistant. Paul used this word to show he and his fellow apostles considered themselves inferior officers employed by Christ. As “servants” employed by Christ, they received their assignments from Him, they worked for Him, they served Christ as He had instructed them, and their needs were met through Him as they faithfully served...
Question: how are you doing as a “servant of Christ,” Beloved? Are you receiving Your assignments from Christ...working for Him, serving Him as He has instructed, and letting Him meet your needs as you faithfully serve?
“stewards of the mysteries of God:”
According to J Vernon McGee, a steward in Paul's day “was the person who managed the household for the owner. He had charge of the house, the food, the clothing, and that sort of thing. He would give out things to the household as they needed them. Just so, a servant of Christ should dispense the Word of God to the members of the household.” Moreover, the “mysteries of God” refers to the Good News: “the Gospel, the Word of God...which had not been revealed before but” is “now made known. Since we are 'stewards of the mysteries of God,' we are to dispense those mysteries:” we are to SHARE THE GOOD NEWS!!!
“it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy:”
Did you notice that a steward is NOT required to be eloquent, to have many gifts, to be talented, to be young, to have a degree, to be good-looking, to be well-dressed, to be strong, to have money, or to be important? What IS required of a steward? A steward is required to be “TRUSTWORTHY,” to be FAITHFUL! J. Vernon McGee says “There are so many who will be rewarded some day, NOT because they did some great thing or had some great gift, but because they were FAITHFUL in what they did and how they did it!” Brothers and Sisters in Christ: consider today how “trustworthy” and faithful a steward you are...
Lord Jesus, help us Believers daily regard ourselves “as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God...stewards...found trustworthy!” We ask this in Your great name...
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