SUNDAY 19th NOVEMBER, 2017
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Hymn of meditation
Soul, be ready, be prepared, Watchful be, and pray now.
That you may not fall a prey, In this flesh so sinful.
Be prepared, Satan comes, Tempting all the righteous,
Many yield to his wiles.
The word ‘be’ is a command and once a command is given, it must be obeyed. One thing about our Lord is that, He will never command us to do what He knows we cannot do. Therefore, if He orders us to be faithful, it is because He knows we can be, hence the command “Be faithful stewards”. To understand the theme further, we must take a look at the two key words: steward and faithful.
Steward (Luke 16:1): a steward is the one who manages another man’s property or takes care of the affairs of another. In brief, a steward is a manager; this then makes all of us managers.
Faithful (1Kings 2:3-4; Joshua 1:8): These scriptures teach us that, to be successful, we must be faithful to God. Let each one measure himself/herself by these scriptures to know his/her status in faithfulness to God. Faithfulness has become very scarce in these modern days, even in the church today.
Matthew 25:14-30 (The parable of the 3 Talents)
The master in the story gave the talents to the servants according to their respective abilities and went on a journey. The first two worked and improved on their talents whiles the third hid his in the ground, gaining no benefit. We must recognize that, whatever we are or have, it is the Lord’s, hence it should be used faithfully to the benefit of the church. Are we serving Him faithfully?
As Christian stewards, we have been given gifts to manage; time, talents, money, body, family and church. How do we manage and oversee these for the Lord?
Do we use our money faithfully when it comes to God’s work? Whatever we have is not of ourselves but God gave to us. As the passage indicates “the Master called his servants and delivered unto them…” We need to give according to the blessings of God bestowed upon us.
Our bodies are not ours because we have been purchased at the high price of blood though the death of our Lord, Jesus. How do you dress when outside the church? God has given us our body to be used for His glory. We must be good stewards of our families as parents and as children. We will give full account of how we handled the people God has put in our lives.
The Church is also a gift God has entrusted into our hands as leaders, group executives and members. Do not let the negative comments from members put you away from using your God-given talent to work in the church. He blessed you with that voice to use for His glory; don’t be weakened by people’s behaviours to sit at the back and refuse to honour the Lord with such gifts.
There are many stewards around but the question still remains “Who is a faithful steward?”
- According to Luke 12:42 and Matthew 25:16-17, a faithful steward is the one who gets to work with his/her talents and improves upon it, not the one who ‘sits on it’.
- The one who always has the work of God at heart. Whatever you do in church for instance, is not unto any individual; it is unto the Lord. The instruction to do a particular assignment may have come from a particular person but the results will be accounted for to the Lord Himself.
- A faithful servant moves according to the instruction of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- His yes is yes and no is no, He does not compromise.
- He ensures that the work is done at the right time and done well.
- A servant who gives true account of his work (Matt. 25:20…). The two servants, in the parable gave full accounts of their talents to their master. As Christians we will also give accounts of our stewardship to the Master when He comes.
Why should I be a faithful steward?
- The one who has called us is faithful (1Thess. 5:24)
- There is accountability after our work on earth is done. We shall all appear before God’s judgment seat on that horrifying day of the Lord (Zeph. 1:14-18)
- We shall suffer many things due to our faithfulness but in the end, a crown of life awaits us if we persevere. (Rev. 2:10)
May we be faithful stewards to our call and never wither.