It is required of stewards that they be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). A steward is someone who takes care of something for someone else. For the Christian, there is so much that we have been entrusted with by our great God. Our life, health, family, friends, homes, money, talents, gifts – the list is endless. What does it mean to be faithful?
For the leaders that Paul is talking about 1 Corinthians 4, they were to be faithful with the “mysteries of God” that had been entrusted to them (v1). Church leaders everywhere, in every generation have been entrusted with the gospel, the word of life. All that it takes for the next generation to weaken and die spiritually is for leaders to not be good stewards of this precious gift – this ‘pearl of great price’, as Jesus put it. On the other hand, the next generation flourishes when this trust is handled well and passed on faithfully. Pray for our leaders (and leaders of God’s people everywhere) – that we will be found faithful in clearly explaining the open mysteries of God, living them out, and encouraging others to believe and obey the good news.
Pray for all of us to be faithful with whatever God has entrusted to us. God has gifted every believer with talents and spiritual gifts and much more so that we can serve him and help build up the body of Christ. In his strength, let’s give ourselves more and more to the task, so that in the end we will hear that great commendation of the Master “Well done, good and faithful servant!”