1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1 Corinthians 4:2 – Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
It has become imperative under the auspices of the Holy Spirit for us to consider again the cardinal principle of stewardship. It calls for moments of soberness as we reconsider ourselves in the light of this all important topic. The first scripture above indicates to us that the quality of our work in God’s kingdom will be called into question. What we must however avoid is to think to ourselves, “Well, that must be after we would have gotten to heaven.” This is a misleading idea as God is presently interested in the quality of our walk with Him. Hence, we should not attempt to evade the relevance of this matter and shove it to a distant time in the future.
Testimonies are often preluded by tests. Promotions and demotions too are always foreshadowed by relevant tests. Principal is the test of stewardship and there is no escaping it. As stewards, we all have God’s resources committed to our care either by appointment, by calling, by privilege, by association or by delegation. We all have been carved out to serve in God’s great enterprise and as such are required to dutifully conduct ourselves faithful. Faithfulness in the delivery and management of these resources and privileges is what defines true stewardship.
It calls to mind the story of that Babylonian king who misused his throne to aid the abuse of holy things of the temple. The Bible tells us that a fiery hand appeared amidst his party and scribbled on the wall a most disturbing statement: “Mene mene tekel Upharsin!” TEKEL being interpreted means “you have been weighed in scales and have been found wanting.” The concept of being weighed in scales so readily comes to mind when considering the subject of stewardship, not because God seeks an opportunity to condemn us (for there is no condemnation Romans 8:1). Rather, He wants us to spend time assessing ourselves through the clear mirror of stewardship as prescribed by God’s word.
When passed, the test of stewardship produces rewards. On the other hand, when failed, it produces stagnation and in some cases, retrogression. Remember the parable of the talents (Matthew 25)? The man who mismanaged his opportunity was asked to give up what he had. So that at the end of the story the man was left with nothing! He failed the test of stewardship. This calls for urgent personal appraisal on our part so that we do not end like this unfortunate servant.
The bible says in 1Corinthians 11:31, For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. I sense an invitation to judging yourself, to judging your stewardship, to judging the quality of your service in God’s house and to judging your motives in doing the things that you do in the house of God. It is imperative that you do this because on this account, a lot of Christians are losing out in the issues of life because they have flagrantly not considered the implications of the quality of their stewardship and its relationship with the outcomes of their everyday living.
Every man’s work shall be tested and rewarded accordingly. Make no bones about it; your work shall be tested by fire. I pray that as we proceed, the Lord will help us rediscover the fire and value of the quality stewardship.
For further Study
1 Corinthians 11:31, Romans 8:1.
Personal declaration for the day
Today, I will live my life as a steward of the gifts that God has given me.
Questions for you to reflect on
- · Do you know you are a Steward of God?
- · What type of steward are you?