Learn to Be Faithful
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. - 1 Corinthians 4:2
Stewards of God have to be faithful. Paul first defined what a servant means.What is incredible is this word servant means “an under rower.” Paul, as a servant of Christ, made the clarification that he had submitted himself to become an under rower of Jesus Christ. Paul is also saying a believer in Christ is not the captain of the ship. I like that!
In the Roman times, the under rower was a slave on the lower deckof a ship. He would be chained with other slaves. It was the worst place to be, as it was hot and humid, and they were often beaten. These men had to work really hard to get to shore.
Then, as Paul continued to speak about faithfulness and stewardship, he wanted the believers to understand the unity of everyone working together as servants and stewards of the mysteries of God––the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
At Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Chuck would place men in janitorial work. Romaine was the main person who would oversee these young men as janitors, doing church maintenance. As servants of Christ, they had to learn to serve without murmuring and complaining. These men learned first to be servants, as they sat and learned under Chuck Smith, and today, many have become pastors in different places all over the country.
When it comes to faithfulness, if you are faithful in the little things, God will make you greater in the bigger things. He is in charge; we have to get that into our minds. If you never learn to be a servant––an under rower–– you will never become a steward. You will never take care of God’s things. God only trusts faithful people. You have to be faithful to God, because you are dealing with the eternal––not the temporal.
Faithful in little = Faithful in much.
~D. L. Moody~
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