“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
I love Paul’s heart. Paul is asking that he and the other ministers be regarded by the Corinthians as servants and not as celebrities. The word “servant” is used to describe an “under-rower”, defined by Morgan as “one who acts under direction, and asks no questions, one who does the thing he is appointed to do without hesitation, and one who reports only to the one who is over him.”
The people in the Corinthian church, much like people in the church today, wanted to follow a successful pastor. Have you noticed how obsessed our culture is with success? Everyone wants to be seen as successful. That’s why multitudes of books have been written on how to become successful, but did you know the word “success” is only used three times in the New Testament? God has not called us to be successful, but faithful. The word “faithful” is used over sixty-five times in the New Testament. I wonder if God was trying to make a point?
Faithfulness is foundational to all ministry. It is the one thing that most distinguishes a man who knows and walks with God from a man who is simply theorizing about religion and accumulating philosophy and whose heart is empty. Join us on Sunday as we open 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5 to learn more about this “One Thing”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!