When someone is commissioned to carry out something they must be faithful to the mission. When someone is given a responsibility, they must be responsible in carrying it out! When someone has been contracted to fulfill a task, they must enact it according to the agreement! When someone has been given a trust, they must be trustworthy in upholding it! Such is not merely the hope or expectation, but the requirement of the one assigning the particular task or they will not be pleased because their purposes would not have been carried out!

When we consider the significance of this in connection with various undertakings of life, should we not take very seriously the life God has entrusted to us to be lived to His glory and praise and for the purposes for which He has given it?

As Paul considered his calling from the Lord to be an Apostle, he noted the seriousness in approaching living in stating. . .

 “(1) This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. (2)Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful(3) But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. (4) For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:1-4)

   Regardless of the criticism or view of others, Paul lived mindful of the Lord’s perspective of his life. In other words, it was not the estimation of others or even Paul’s own estimation of his life, but the Lord’s view which mattered most! Knowing it was the Lord Who would ultimately judge the manner in which his life was conducted and how he served the Lord’s purposes, Paul aimed to please the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:9) Having been entrusted with the Gospel, as a steward of it — the message not being His own (i.e. Galatians 1:11-12) — Paul knew the requirement was for him to remain faithful in his handling of it. Such would be through both his preaching of it and living by it! (i.e. Philippians 4:9)

What marks our faithfulness? Are we being faithful in what has been entrusted to us? If not, why should we expect more? (i.e. Luke 16:10-12) Whether it be in the manner in which we handle worldly or spiritual matters of life, what characterizes our degree of faithfulness. If we are faithful even in the lesser we will be faithful with the greater as well. Therefore, let us live acknowledging it is ultimately the Lord’s judgment which counts as we live to please Him in all things; living as faithful stewards of what He has entrusted to us as His servants. That is what is required of usfor having received His blessings. May we sincerely live with the desire to hear His “Well done, good and faithful servant”(Matthew 25:21) when being welcomed into the eternal joy of His Heavenly presence!



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