Thursday, October 6, 2011
“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1,2 KJV).
As Christians we have a ministry to the world. We share the ministry that was also committed to Paul, Sosthenes, Titus, Timothy, Apollos, Barnabas, Silas, and others. These were “faithful” men (“faithful” meaning trustworthy and dependable, not sinless or perfect).
Some believers in Ephesus and Colosse were called “faithful in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:2).
In Ephesians 6:21,22 Paul mentions Tychicus, “a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord.” Tychicus was reliable and trustworthy: Paul depended on him to relay messages to the Ephesian believers and comfort them. Paul also mentions “faithful” Tychicus in Colossians 4:7-9, along with “faithful and beloved” Onesimus (Philemon’s slave).
Epaphras was a “faithful minister of Christ” (Colossians 1:7). Timothy too was called “faithful in the Lord” because he would teach the Corinthians about Paul’s ministry and activities (1 Corinthians 4:17). The Holy Spirit refers to the Apostle Paul as “faithful” in 1 Corinthians 7:25 and 1 Timothy 1:12.
A bishop (overseer of the local church) should be faithful, “holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught” (Titus 1:7-9). Deacons should also be “faithful in all things” (1 Timothy 3:10,11).
The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).
The “stewards” of today’s Scripture are “managers or servants of the mysteries of God.” God wants honest saints, men (and women) who will ensure His Word is properly taught and preached. He wants people who stand firm in sound doctrine, not vacillating wimps.
Are you a “faithful steward of the mysteries of God?” Will you share the truths of God’s rightly divided Word with others? If you are a member of the Body of Christ, this is what God ordained you to do in Christ!