1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
Learning how to be the right kind of steward can seem difficult, but never without reward. The Lord Jesus taught and explained His parables of stewardship. In these teachings, He presented the faithful steward receiving his reward at the time of accounting for his stewardship. The apostle Paul confessed this truth in 1 Corinthians 9:17 when he said, “if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward.” Paul knew God had a special calling upon his life and also knew he would stand before God to give account for his service. In like manner, each believer will one day stand before the Master (Jesus Christ) to give an account of his stewardship. Those who have served as good stewards will receive reward, while those who failed to do so will suffer loss (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
- (For children): How do you feel when dad or mom says, “Good job”? God has a work for every believer to do and it will not go unnoticed (2 Chronicles 15:7; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Revelation 22:12). What do you think it would be like after your life’s work is finished to hear Him say, “Well done” (Matthew 25:23a)?
- (For everyone): Have you faithfully served in your stewardship for the Lord? Are there areas you would go back and change at this point? How would you like to finish?
- Do you desire to please the Lord? Do you want to receive rewards from Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ? What would have to change in order to receive those rewards?
- Ask God to help you finish your stewardship well.
- Ask God to remind you that a day of accounting is coming.
SONG: WE’LL WORK TILL JESUS COMES
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 46)
Subject: Strength (con’t)
Sorrow has its benefits. For instance, God uses the right type of sorrow to lead men to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-11). Yet, it is in the joy of the LORD that saints specifically find strength.
Strength is not tested or demonstrated during times of ease. Rather, it is in times of adversity that one finds out just how strong he is (or how weak he has become).