As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10
For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one – to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Matthew 25:14-15. Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey.. either slaves of sin, which leads to death – or slaves of obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, Who apportions to each one individually as He wills. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 2 Corinthians 12:11; 7 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
As Believers, we are required to be the Lord’s faithful followers while in the world. As devoted servants, we are committed to be the Master’s diligent servant all our life. As Christians, we are pledged to be Christ’s steadfast soldiers to our life’s end. From the first act of believing faith to the last breath of mortal bodies.. we are to be diligent stewards of His manifold grace. From the moment of rebirth, we entered into a ‘covenant’ with Him. We reckoned His promises true as we trusted in His love.. and thus became “accepted in the Beloved” – and thus were regarded as loyal servants of the King.
And to each servant the Lord gives gifts which He expects to be used to His glory. To some, He gives a leadership gift to be exercised in public ministry and service but to most He bestows the quiet endowment for the hidden life of helping others. To each, He entrusts His talents.. to be used in His service, as He wills. Each gift has been chosen with His infinite care and His limitless love.
The work He gives to each of his stewards is selected, sanctified and suitable for each one – for each is appointed his own unique task.. be it the daily round or the preacher’s soapbox. God is no respecter of persons and each servant is precious in His sight. God Who made and saved us, also appointed us our assigned and suitable duties. Be faithful to discover, carry out and fulfil the tasks.. that He has appointed to you. Just as I must be faithful to discover and to carry out to completion the responsibilities and tasks that He has entrusted to me.
Each duty is fitted into the complex service of the Church of God.. while we are here on earth. Each work is bestowed on us, by Him.. Our work is not chosen by us for our own gratification. We may be assigned a vast ministry; a high public profile – the ear of many. We may be given one small vital task in the service of one another.. those He places in our path. But the task He gives and path He chooses is unique for you, as it is for me. Each is to remain steadfast in his appointed place. Each is to continue loyal to her allotted task.
The calling and the gifts of the Lord are accompanied by responsibility. If much is given, much will be required – if less is given less will be required. But each must be faithful to his allotted post.. and each is empowered by the One and the same Spirit. It is the Spirit that apportions to each one individually, as He wills. Whatever the appointed task and whatever the bestowed gift.. the task He gave you will be completed in His strength.. for it is God Who works in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Phil.2:13
Are you in the appointed place where God wants you to be – am I? Are you faithful in administering and completing the task He set for you – am I? The way may be hard and it may be discouraging.. but it is He that has placed us in our appointment – and we must remain faithful to the end. The path may be difficult but if we know that we are in the place of His choosing, He will bestow on us a reassurance that He Who started the good work in us, will be faithful to complete it. Phil.1:6 – and he will be kept in peace about the allotted task that God has given him. On the other hand, we may find the allotted task to be beset by difficulties. The hardness of the task may cause us to pull back into disobedience., but trust Him to complete the vision He has placed in your heart. Expect Him to finish the task that He has placed on your shoulders. Believe Him to fulfil the promises that He has given you in His Word – and remember this:- I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Phil.4:13
This life is not easy for the faithful servant.. for we live in a world system that is not our home – this is Satan’s domain. Jesus trod this way before us.. this path of bitter weariness. He too endured a life of shame and suffering. He lived a life of pain and rejection. And WHY? He did it to show us HOW to live the life of a faithful servant – in this world system.
But WHY? Why did He endure bitter weariness, shame? Why did He have to go through suffering, pain, and rejection? Well, He patiently endured – for the joy that was set before Him. But what is the joy that is set before Him? What is this joy He waits to share with His faithful followers – His overcomers? It is the fast approaching time, when men of faith will receive their just rewards. It is the time when men of faith – who overcome will share in His throne… just as He, the Man of faith, overcame and shared His Father’s throne…. Rev.3:21 So be faithful in the big or the little task He has called you to do here and now – and you will hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Mat.5:23
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