Hello Friend, trust God you’re doing fine. Welcome to another episode on this blog. I pray as you read through, God will enlighten your eyes of understanding to see the transforming power in His word and get transformed. Our focus today is on Faithfulness, “The Faithful Steward”
The word faithfulness comes from the coining of the words “faith-fullness” meaning “faith in his fullness brings faithfulness.” The word faithful comes from the Greek word “pistos” meaning “believing, confiding, trusting, of persons who show themselves faithful in the execution of commands”. So a man isn’t regarded faithful until he has faithfully discharge is duty. Also, the word Steward comes from the Greek word “oikonomos” meaning “manager, one who has been entrusted to discharge a duty.” Therefore a faithful Steward is a manager who has been entrusted with an assignment and shows himself faithful in fully discharging it. However, it is important that we know that a Steward isn’t a free man because he has a boss and he is accountable to him from time to time.
God has made us stewards of the New Testament and he is our master (boss) to whom we’ll account to.
“2 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV) who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
What does the phrase “New Testament” mean? It means God has made us ministers of the gospel of Christ and the gospel of Christ isn’t the Law of Moses (the Letter), but rather the good news, which is about the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.
Paul said in “Romans 1:16 (KJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
It is the preaching of the good news that brings life to all those who believe in it. Recall, Jesus called his words Spirit and Life,
“John 6:63 (KJV) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
Also, the Bible calls Christ; the second Adam a life quicken Spirit
“1 Corinthians 15:45 (NLT) The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam that is, Christ is a life-giving Spirit.”
Therefore, as many that receive the gospel of Christ with faith in their hearts, what happens to their spirit that was long dead is that, it comes alive by the dwelling of the new Adam (Christ) in such individual because he is a life quickening Spirit. When He comes to dwell in a man, at first, He quicken his spirit so that he can fellowship (Koinonia) with God.
When we as stewards of the New Testament show an attitude of Faithfulness to the cause of Jesus, we reap many harvest of souls coming to have their spirit man quickened through Christ, the life quickening spirit. The Bible made us understand that a Steward must show himself faithful in all that has been committed to him, “1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (TLB) So Apollos and I should be looked upon as Christ’s servants (Stewards) who distribute God’s blessings by explaining God’s secrets. Now the most important thing about a servant (Steward) is that he does just what his master tells him to.”
Firstly, we see Paul in his letter to the Corinthian Church, referring to himself and Apollos as stewards who distribute God’s blessings by explaining his secrets. What are the blessings of God that they distribute? It is the same gospel of Christ that we Christians have been given the commission to carry out (Matt 29:18-20, Mark 16:15-20, Rom 1:16). This gospel is called God’s blessing because the presence of Christ in a man’s life, ushers him to all spiritual blessings spoken about in Ephesians 1:3-14.
The Bible made us understand that as the disciples went about spreading the gospel of blessing (Christ) that God gave to them, many signs and wonders followed the words they proclaimed. So you only experience signs and wonders accompanying your word when you faithfully commit yourself to the ministry God has given to you.
Secondly, Apostle Paul mentioned that the most important thing a Steward must do is to show himself faithful, TLB says “…is that he does just what his master tells him to”. A true Steward must do what his master tells him and that means that his personal will and desires at this point is of no relevance. His will and desires at every point now aligns to that of his master and he is obligated to carry it out.
As you faithfully carry out what the master instructs you to do, he entrusts you with more of his kingdom treasures. The reward for work and Faithfulness is that more work is delegated to you. However, you don’t get to the point of getting more work if you are found unfaithful in the little that has been committed to you. The reward for such is that the little they have will be withdrawn.
“Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV) For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey… After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more… He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine… Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”
You can clearly see what happened. To him that was faithful and had, more was given to him, but to him that had none because of his unfaithfulness; the little which he had was withdrawn from him.
In conclusion, God has given to us all the ministry of reconciliation 2cor 5:18 and as we faithfully go around discharging our duties, we see a harvest of souls coming to become a part of the Church (his Body). So Faithfulness is not just knowing your duty, but discharging you duties as a believer. And as you perform that, you experience higher realms in your walk with God. Your faithfulness to little will go a long way in determining your walk with God.
“Matthew 9:37-38 (KJV) Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
You are the answer to that prayer now that you are in Christ Jesus. Therefore go, preach and see to it that others partake of the blessings of Sonship with Christ. Shalom.
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