Stewards of God Part 1
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1).
The Bible uses various images to describe His people, such as His body, His bride, and His building. He also uses the term “steward” to describe us. A steward manages some things for his boss, especially in the boss’s absence. The church and its people serve that purpose while here on earth. Here are some activities God wants us to engage in as stewards:
1. Worship God.
Every Christian without exception should commit to a local church and support it. We have some who look on at a distance, and others who only criticize it. But God created the church to worship Him in spirit and truth.
2. Teach the Word.
As stewards of God, we need to know what He wants us to do and how we should do it. We also need to develop correct views about God based on the Bible. To this end, God gave pastors and teachers to instruct the church in the teachings of the Bible (Ephesians 4:11-15).
As we think of these first two purposes of the church, both of them relate to our relationship to God. We need to worship God, but who is this God we worship? We learn about God from the Bible and so we need to learn the Bible. As indicated above, God gave the gift of teachers to the church to teach the saints the Word of God. The saints need to faithfully attend church so they might grow in the Lord and in their knowledge of God.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
“Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21).
So God gave to us His Word so we might know Him better and worship Him as we should. Let’s ask God to deepen our commitment to the church and to worship Him. As we grow in Christ, our commitment grows too.
Posted on Tue, August 23, 2016
by Sam Petitfils