Found Faithful

“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.

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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2 Responses to Found Faithful

  1. Royce Hart says:

    In a lot of ways, stewardship is its own reward. It’s a joy to see my kids developing and using the gifts and talents God has given them. I think God gives us a peek at His pleasure when we get to watch kids express their enthusiasm in doing their best.

    • Pastor Pete says:

      I love what you said about stewardship being its own reward and I agree with that totally. Anyone who has been a faithful steward knows how rewarding of a feeling that is. On the other side of the table when we are unfaithful in our stewardship we feel a sense of shame, guilt, and burden for letting our Master down. Thanks for making this point

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