1 Corinthians 4:2, "It is required in stewards that one be found faithful"
What comes to your mind when you hear the word faithful? Webster defines the word as being steadfast in affection or allegiance. Loyal or firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty. Being resolute which implies a firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose? Many people would say they are faithful to their partner in marriage or they are faithful in sticking to a diet plan or exercise program. But what about our faithfulness to our Lord and His ministry? Are we faithful in this area as we are in other areas of our life? It’s sad and true that many believers in Christ profess to be faithful; however, there are varying opinions about what actually constitutes faithfulness to them. There are those who think if they attend at least one church service a week they are faithful, while others feel if they occasionally help in some ministry of the church, they are faithful. As believers in Jesus Christ, we will one day give an account of whether or not we were faithful in our walk and service to our Lord. It’s so easy to be discouraged, especially for those individuals working behind the scenes who rarely receive any recognition, who never get their names published nor hear the applause of others. However, many of them faithfully pray, sacrificially give, and patiently serve their savior, Jesus Christ. They may not be recognized here and now, but in heaven the last shall be first (Matthew 19:30). Moreover, whatever your place of responsibility is in the local body, God has placed you there, and He wants you to be faithful. You may not hear the applause of this world, but you will someday be rewarded in heaven, when our Lord says, "Well done thou good and faithful servant."
Much of our attention and praise is usually directed toward highly visible and successful individuals; however, occasionally we read about an ordinary and maybe obscure person being honored for many years of faithful service. It may be a school custodian, a cafeteria worker, a handyman, or a clerk in a store who has served others in a dependable and unselfish way. That kind of reliability often goes unnoticed, but I believe it's a powerful picture of how we as Christ’s servants are to live. Although consistency may not be flashy, days add up to a life of great significance to God. The apostle Paul wrote, "It is required in stewards that one be found faithful." So, my brethren if we live faithfully for Christ, God has promised to reward us at His appointed time. When the Lord comes, He "will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the heart. Then each one's praise will come from God." When we long for success, God says, "I will reward you." When we ache for recognition, God says, "I see you." When we are ready to quit, God says, "I will help you." Whether your service is public or private, your responsibility is the same, to be faithful. God doesn't ask us to be successful but to be faithful.
(1) Are you faithful in your ministry and service for the Lord?
(2) If not start today to faithfully serve and obey Him in the place where He has placed you.
(3) Above all, trust God to bless you in His time, in His way, and according to His plan!