The Scripture tells us that “it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Cor 4:2). This text is situated within one of the most extensive sections of Scripture detailing the work of a minister of Jesus Christ. In the previous chapter, Paul uses the imagery of a building to illustrate the importance of building our ministries upon the sure foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:11). Once the foundation is set, it is up to the builder to use materials that will endure—gold, silver and precious stones—rather than materials that cannot withstand the test of fire—wood, hay, straw (1 Cor 3:12-14).
As Paul expresses, one of the keys to a “successful” ministry is being faithful to the calling God entrusts a person’s care. This point is highlighted by the usage of the word “stewards.” This term brings out the concept of a “manager” (specifically a manger of a household). Once again, the image of a “building” or “house” lingers in our minds from the previous chapter. Every “minister” is entrusted with a different responsibility to oversee (we could call it a different place in the vineyard to tend). But the key to success (wherever God places you in his service) is to be found faithful.
This past weekend, our family had the joy of being with the Hubble Family and Noxen Bible Baptist Church.When I think of a man being found faithful, I think of Pastor Ben. I knew Ben from my time at Northland, and even then I knew him to be a godly, consistent example of faithfulness to the Lord. So, this past Sunday it was a joy to see Ben and Heather’s steady, consistent ministry to the folks, not just within their own congregation, but within the community as well. Being from the area in which God has called them to serve, their heart for children and families within the community was a powerful testimony to me. They clearly have a desire for God to use them to lead folks to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that God would honor their faithful service and continue to bless the ministry to which they have been called.