Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:2
In these early chapters of 1 Corinthians Paul is talking about himself as an Apostle and about divisions that were happening in the church. People were dividing up over who they followed other than Christ (1 Corinthians 3:4). Paul wants the church to be unified through following Jesus.
Paul had been ‘entrusted with the secret things of God’ (verse 1). Those who have been given a trust must prove themselves faithful in that trust. He was making the case for his being Apostle. He was faithful in what He was given.
My trust is not Apostleship, but I am filled with the fear of God this morning with the realization of all that He has entrusted me with. In these things I must continually prove myself faithful!
- God has entrusted me with this day of life and redemption through Christ Jesus. I must seize the day and prove myself faithful.
- God has entrusted me with a beautiful and intelligent wife to love as my own flesh. There is to be no one else who nurtures this woman… I must prove myself faithful.
- God has entrusted me with children. Six of my own and others that come around for a season or two. I am their father – the one to disciple them into the image of Jesus through my own love and patient instruction to them. Wow! What a trust. I must prove myself faithful.
- God has entrusted me with friends and brothers in Christ to encourage and challenge along the way. For a few of them, nobody will be able to share and speak into their lives like I can. I’m the one God has placed in their lives. I must prove myself faithful.
- God has entrusted me with resources. A home to live in and material possessions to steward. None of these things belong to me. They belong to God. I must prove myself faithful.
- God has entrusted to me His Church, the Bride of Christ, with leaders to lead and people to care for. He has entrusted me with the preaching of His Word on a weekly basis – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable… to reach the lost and equip the people of God for works of service. Who am I to have this trust? There are distractions on every side, but I must prove myself faithful.
Father God, this morning I feel the weight and responsibility of all that you’ve entrusted to me and I understand that I am required to prove myself faithful. I set my heart in Your direction this day – to live, lead and serve as You would have me. Thank You for the blessing of these trusts! My life is enriched because of them! Thank You, too, for Your grace and mercy and patience with me. I live for You today.