1 Corinthians 4:1-2
- Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and Stewards of the mysteries of God. 2. Moreover, it is required in Stewards that one be found,
Allow me to give to you, two definitions:
The definition of a Steward: A Steward is one who has been given to trust: to be put in charge of something or someone: or to be an overseer of an estate.
The definition of Stewardship: is a sacred trust and a commission of responsibility.
I submit to you: Four Qualifying Tenets of Christian Stewardship.
First of all, is The Responsibly of Christian Stewardship?
A Steward; is a slave subject to a master, but placed in charge over the other slaves throughout the master’s household or estate. The steward controls the staff and runs the operation for the master. Even though the steward may set over others, yet he himself is still a slave of the master. The steward’s work is not closely supervised; therefore, he has to be trustworthy and responsible. Note: The Steward is given trust over the mysteries of God. A mystery is not something hard to understand. Rather it is something that has been hidden and kept secret. The mysteries of God was un-dis-cover-able by human reason but now is revealed by God. The mysteries of God is crystal clear to those whom they are revealed, but they are completely alien to those who do not receive them.
The question here is, what are the mysteries of God? I am so glad that you ask.
- “Plain and simple” These mysteries are the glorious truths of God’s Word.
Who are the ones to whom these mysteries are revealed?
- The stewards of God
- The ministers of God
- The believing servants
- The managers of Christ
In addition, there is, The Commission of Christian Stewardship
The Steward of God is a manager of God’s house hold and estate (the Church).
1 Corinthians 9:17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.
Once God called Paul to preach, the stewardship, and the trust of preaching was his. (The same goes for all of us here in this pulpit this evening) “When God calls one into stewardship there is no release from this call or duty”. One would stand accountable for preaching the gospel, or stand accountable for not preaching the gospel. The call to preach the gospel is an awesome responsibility. God places the stewardship of the gospel into the hands of the individuals He calls. Just think about this for a moment: whatever these individuals do with the gospel is all that will be done with the gospel – nothing more or nothing less. An awesome responsibility, isn’t it?
Furthermore, is The Dispensation of Christian Stewardship
Colossians 1:25 whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.
The word Stewardship in the Greek oikonomian (Oy-kon-om-ee-ahn) refers to the Steward who oversees the household and property of the owner. The minister is the Steward of God. This fact is almost unbelievable, but never the less it is true: God has actually chosen some individuals to oversee His affairs for Him. The minister of God has actually been chosen by God to be the Steward of His Word, His Church, and His People. God has literally taken His church and His people and placed them into the hands of His ministers. What an enormous call and responsibility we have as pastors and preachers, yet they come from God; therefore what God has given us must be fulfilled.
Finally, The Requirement of Christian Stewardship?
Titus 1: 7- 9. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8. But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9. Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
The minister of God is not required by God to be eloquent, brilliant, intelligent, loaded with ability, or to be successful.
The minister of God is not required by God to be an administrator, counselor, visitor, a door-keeper, or a socializer. As important as all these qualities are, they are not required by God.
The minister of God must not hold back or fail to share the mysteries of God.
The minister of God must not substitute some other message for the mysteries of God.
The minister of God must not mix some other message with the mysteries of God.
Moreover, the minister of God has only one requirement of God that is to be faithful to his call.
He must be faithful in ministering the mysteries of God.
He must be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God.
He must be faithful in proclaiming the mysteries of God.
Here is the jest of it all: The minister of God is held accountable and shall be judged by God, for how well he ministers the mysteries of God.
Rev. Gerald Stewart