FRIDAY March 2, 2018
Entrusted with a Stewardship
For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christwithout charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:17-18
Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand that he preached the Gospel willingly; it was a call of God; he was not forced. He understood that, if he preached the Gospel willingly, then the Lord would be the One to reward him. Paul understood that there was to be no charge for the Gospel––it was free! He knew he was ultimately accountable to God for what He had called him to do.
Think about all the TV evangelists who always ask for money and abuse their authority. They really need to read 1 Corinthians 9. There are well- known speakers and also well-known music groups who charge large amounts of money––we do not use them. However, we do give an invited guest-speaker or musicians an offering, as they have needs; but for them to set a price for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that is wrong. We should never charge for the Gospel. We are not celebrities; God has called us to be servants.
As a pastor, a steward, which means “a house manager,” I have to be wise with everything God has entrusted to me. This means the church carpet, chairs and everything else that is purchased for the church. I make the best decisions possible with the money people entrust to the church. I never abuse it, because it is given for the kingdom of God, which is our number one priority.
Each one of us has been called to be a steward of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One day, we will be judged for our stewardship, and, if faithful, we will receive rewards.
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
~1 Corinthians 4:1~
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