1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Stewardship requires one predominant trait, that being faithfulness. People are gifted with many assorted skill sets requiring varying degrees of expertise. Yet, stewardship demands only a single element—faithfulness. The master of the house can teach his steward how to think ahead or how to deal with problems and even problem people, but the master cannot teach faithfulness. A wise master knows that his greatest need in a steward is faithfulness (Luke 12:42). In like manner, believers, as stewards of God, may be inadequately qualified for every needed task, but the importance of faithfulness must never be underestimated. No man can be a good steward if he lacks faithfulness
- (For children): The following people had different positions because they were faithful: Moses over Israel (Numbers 12:7); Nehemiah’s treasurers (Nehemiah 13:13); Daniel—first president of the empire (Daniel 6:1-4); Timothy—preacher and teacher (Philippians 2:19-23; 2 Timothy 2:2). Can the Lord count you faithful?
- (For everyone): The apostle Paul considered himself to be a steward of God (1 Corinthians 4:1; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:4). What qualification did he say caused the Lord to put him into the ministry (1 Timothy 1:12)?
- What are some weaknesses that could stop you from serving God? How could these weaknesses be overcome by faithfulness?
- Thank God for the opportunity to be a steward.
- Ask the Lord to teach you the importance of faithfulness.
SONG: HIS WAY WITH THEE