Faithful to Him and to Each OtherApril 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Posted in Bible Studies, I Corinthians | 3 Comments
Tags: 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 4, 2 Chronicles 16, 2 Corinthians 10, Asa, Ephesians 1, Luke 16, Matthew 10, Matthew 28, parable of the talents
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
I Corinthians 4:2
Christians should be reliable and trustworthy in ministry. Even as others rely on us, we must remember that we, too, rely on Someone ourselves.
II Chronicles 16 tells about Asa, the king who ruled Judah for about 40 years. He was mostly a good king, a Godly king, but near the end of his reign he had trouble remembering on Whom to rely. He entered into a treaty with Benhadad, king of Syria, because he didn’t trust the Lord to give him the victory.
And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
II Chronicles 16:7-9
No matter how much success we have with our ministry, and no matter how much we come to trust in the ways we minister and find motivation, we must remember to trust the Lord. We must remember to give Him the credit and the praise. We must remember to be faithful to follow His Word and His doctrine, and not to try to rely on our own personal beliefs.
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Christians are stewards and servants – first and foremost to Christ – but also, in many ways, to those to whom we minister. We need to have a desire to promote spiritual growth – growth in the form of maturity and in the form of closeness in fellowship.
When I Corinthians 4:2 says that faithfulness is required in stewards, it means that, obviously, unfaithfulness is not an option.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Each person has different talents and abilities, but every Christian has the ability to be faithful.
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
II Corinthians 10:18
I am glad that we are not responsible for commending ourselves. I’m also glad that the Lord’s acceptance of us is not conditional on the approval of others. What we’re seeking is the commendation of the Lord Himself.
We all are members of a body, and every member is important. For the body to function at full capacity, all the members should be faithfully working.
For the body is not one member, but many.
I Corinthians 12:14
The Body of Christ is alive. I know that sometimes Christians can tend to overemphasize organization. The Body of Christ is more of an organism than an organization, but an unorganized organism would not live very long! Therefore Christians need to work together and get along with each other. We are valuable to each other, and, in a sense, we are even valuable to the Lord.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
When Jesus received the authority granted to Him after the Resurrection, He proceeded to allocate His authority to His disciples. Our “value” lies in our willingness to serve. God doesn’t “need” me in the sense that He needs my permission to accomplish His will, but I am “valuable” to Him in the sense that He loves me and that it pleases Him to use me to accomplish His will.