“Now what is sought in stewards is that one be found faithful.”
(1Corinthians 4:2 NET)
Preachers (myself included) frequently preach about good stewardship, generally in the context of money and more specifically giving or tithing. However many times most of us fail to move beyond the purpose of good stewardship, and we never discuss things like the end result of being a steward for God. Here Paul says what is sought in a steward is simple, they just need to be faithful. After all, isn’t that all we can expect in stewards? Like many, I contribute to a retirement fund each month for my future. The manager of that IRA is, in effect, a steward of that money. He is not responsible for the swings in the market, good or bad. He can not accurately predict everything that will happen over the next forty years in regards to my account. At the end of the day my expectation is simply that he would be faithful with the money in the account, that he would not steal it from me, that he would give sound advice, and that he would invest it wisely on my behalf. The Bible says that the silver and gold is all God’s at the end of the day, we are only stewards of those resources. All of our gifts, talents, and abilities are given by God to each of us to be stewards of and use for His glory. The Bible teaches that every good and perfect gift is from above, meaning all that we have is from Him and we are simply stewards of those things. So what should we do? We should live faithfully unto God. We can’t predict what will happen tonight or tomorrow. We don’t know what is in store in the next forty years, but we can be faithful with what God has given us today. Be a faithful steward today, and tomorrow, and the next day. And be found faithful at the end of your days by our Master. What an accomplishment that would be to be found faithful at the end of a lifetime of stewardship.