Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians chapter four that a Christian has two primary roles. Please read along with me. “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1 (NKJV)
Paul tells us in this passage of scripture that we are both servants and stewards. We are 1. SERVANTS of Christ and 2. STEWARDS of the mysteries of God
The word translated “servant” was originally designated an underclass of seaman—one who was responsible to a higher-ranking officer. He was a rower in a boat. He had a boss over him who would tell him when to row.
The word “steward” literally means house-manager. He is the person who is in charge when the owner is away. In both of these roles, God expects us to be faithful. Look at verse two: “Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV)
There is no greater privilege today for the Christian than to be known and remembered as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. This morning we are going to look at three marks of a faithful Christian. What does a faithful Christian look like?
Well, I think the first mark of faithfulness is accountability. All of us as Christians are going to be held accountable. Who will you and I be accountable to? Our text tells us, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ.” We are going to be accountable to God.
Another mark is that if we are faithful we are to always to be prepared. Jesus gives a parable in Matthew chapter 25 that you may recall. It is the parable of the ten virgins talking about this very subject. Jesus tells his listeners that they should always be prepared – for no one knows the time when He will return. We are always to be faithful. We are always to be prepared.
Lastly, the third mark of faithfulness is commitment. Paul did not have an easy life as a Christian – but one thing he did have was commitment. The Bible tells us how Paul suffered as a Christian: “Five times he was wiped. Three times he was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times he was shipwrecked. He spent a night and a day in the sea. He faced dangers many times – more then many of us will ever face. But he always stayed committed to Jesus – he remained faithful. It is our commitment that makes us and our commitment that shapes us.