The relationship between the master and his stewards is one built upon trust. The master places his possessions into the hands of a steward. He will be reluctant to do this unless that man has proven himself trustworthy. The apostle Paul found no shame in claiming to be a faithful steward of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). As such, he understood the principle that the ministry was placed under his care because God had entrusted it to him (1 Corinthians 9:17; Colossians 1:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 Timothy 1:11; Titus 1:3). This fact affected everything the apostle said and did. This truth constantly reminded him that he did not live for himself, and that one day he must give an account for his stewardship.
(For children): God called Samuel to judge His people. When the people asked for a king instead to judge them, Samuel’s description of his service (1 Samuel 12:1-5) along with his advice to the people (which he followed throughout his ministry) (1 Samuel 12:20b) proved he could be trusted.
(For everyone): What has God entrusted into your care? Do you treat your family, or ministry, or work as though it belongs to the Lord? How would things change if you did?
How could this truth be considered a blessing? How could this truth be considered a curse? What is the proper balance that a believer should seek?
Ask the Lord to help you walk worthy of your calling.
Ask God to help you to be faithful with His possessions.