Not Famous, But Faithful (I Corinthians 4:2)
I Corinthians 4:2, Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Over a century and a half ago there lived a humble pastor in a small village in Leicestershire, England. He had never attended college and had no degrees. He was just an ordinary faithful pastor. In his church was a young cobbler to whom he gave special attention, teaching him the Word of God. This young man was later to be renowned as William Carey, one of the greatest missionaries of modern times. This same pastor had a son, a boy whom he taught faithfully and constantly encouraged. The boy's character and work ethic were profoundly affected by his father's life. The son was Robert Hall, the mightiest public orator of his day, whose sermons influenced the decisions of statesmen and whose character was as godly as his preaching was phenomenal. It seemed that the village pastor accomplished very little. But his faithful witness and godly life had much to do with giving India its William Carey and England its Robert Hall. God honors and blesses faithfulness.
God places great value on faithfulness. He is looking for men and women faithful to Him. Proverbs 20:6, Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
God is looking for faithful people like:
Job - Job 23:11, My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
3 Hebrews - Daniel 3:18, But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Peter & John - Acts 4:19-20, But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Paul - Acts 20:24, But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Timothy - I Corinthians 4:17, For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
Ministers are stewards of God. It’s been said, “The greatest ability is dependability." If you want to prove your worth, be faithful. Many believe it is more important to be famous, flamboyant, or flashy than to be faithful. Fame often brings great ruin to lives but faithfulness never does.
Paul did not see himself as a man of high spiritual status, but rather as Christ's assistant, a helper willing to do the lowest task. Paul wanted to be known as a steward. The word for steward literally means "house law." A steward was an administrator, a trustee, an overseer of an estate. He was under the owner and over others within the house. Both Paul and Peter (I Peter 4:10) knew that God had assigned to them an awesome responsibility over the church and the revealed truths of the New Testament. As a minister, Paul was to serve and to do; as a steward, he was to protect and to guide. Paul wanted to be known as a faithful steward. Faithfulness involves doing all that the Master has commanded, doing it according to the master's method, and doing it in the assigned time. The scope of stewardship may vary but the quality never does. Luke 12:48, For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Faithfulness for a servant of the Lord involves at least three important topics.
1.Faithfulness to Christ. That is where faithfulness begins for God's servants. He is held accountable and shall be judged for how he ministers. The minister of God must be faithful to his call. He is the minister of Christ. Every minister is to be esteemed highly for his work's sake. He is the servant whom God has made steward over His household, over His church and His people. He has been honored by God.
2.Faithfulness to the Communication. He has been made responsible for the truths of God's Holy Word. The minister does not deal with perishable things such as money and possessions, but with the eternal things of God Himself, the eternal truths that God wants proclaimed to the world. God's servants must be faithful to the Word of God, faithful to proclaim the message of God as it is given to them.
3.Faithfulness in Character. If one is unfaithful in character, he is unlikely to be faithful in any other area of life. Ministers are required to be faithful. Faithfulness is essential to the minister. The minister is not required to be eloquent, successful, administrative, counsellor, socializer, visitor, greeter, etc. Although these are good qualities the minister’s requirement is to be faithful.
God's purpose for your life is to live faithfully and obey His commands. Sometimes we become discouraged in faithful living. No matter what results you may or may not see, you can have joy knowing that God's will is being done. Take heart in knowing that as you faithfully follow God, you are fulfilling His purpose for your life. He knows what's best and will accomplish His will through you as you're faithful to Him.
Questions to Consider:
Are you faithful in obedience to the Lord?
Are you honoring the Lord with your life?
Points to Ponder:
God's servants must be faithful!
Jesus is worthy of our faithfulness
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, give me the strength to live my life daily for You, sacrificing my wants and desires for how You would have me live my life. In Jesus Name, AMEN!
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