Words from the Heart for Friday August 10th, 2018
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
I Corinthians 4:2 (KJV)
Being Found Faithful
We can define “steward” as one assigned to act on behalf of another. From the first assignment God gave in the garden we see how the Lord chose to involve man in partnership. A chief requirement of a steward is that he be found faithful. He puts the interests of the owner ahead of his own. He remains accountable to his master. Let us make it a goal that we will be found to be faithful stewards in all the areas of our lives.
In a 2017 poll by Angus Reid, it was discovered that Canadians of faith find more fulfillment in helping others than in pursuing self-interest. Overall, 53 per cent of respondents picked “achieving our own dreams and happiness” over “being concerned about helping others.” But when the results were broken down along the spectrum of religiosity, 67 per cent of the religiously committed favoured helping others. For non-believers, 65 per cent chose the pursuit of happiness. Faith does make us more other-centred.
Every follower of Jesus is called to the high standard of representing Jesus Christ well. We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. As such, we are called to live according to the principles of that Kingdom as taught by the King Himself. If this is the case for each of us, those who are called to leadership in God’s kingdom are called to an even higher level of faithfulness. The apostle Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” The idea of stewardship, of investing our lives into things that have eternal significance, is a truly Biblical one. And at its root is the idea of faithfulness. Has God called you to step into a leadership role in the Church or Christian ministry? How then is He calling you to exercise faith in order to fulfill God’s calling? Christian leadership will require that we accomplish things that are impossible in our own strength – it will demand that we trust Christ in every way. God wants to empower you to accomplish great things for Him, and as you trust Him, you will see Him work.
These have been words from the heart.