ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR STEWARDSHIP!
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. —I Corinthians 3:6-9
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. —I Corinthians 3:12-15
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. —I Corinthians 4:1-2
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. —I Corinthians 4:20
Do we just talk about sharing the gospel or making disciples or are we truly involved in the work? The “kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” Are you seeing God’s power at work as you serve Him or is it just talking about serving Him with no action? “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, 26). Faith is seen in action and not in words alone (James 2:22).
You and I who have called on Jesus to follow Him have been given the responsibility of stewardship— that is the responsibility of handling a portion of our Lord’s affairs. We are to be overseeing a part of His desires which include planting and watering and then He gives the increase. So how am I planting His Word in the lives of others? How am I watering His Word in the lives of others? How expectant am I that He will cause the increase of His Word in a person’s life?
Evangelism (being a witness—Acts 1:8) and making disciples that obey Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20) are areas of responsibility— stewardship— that our Lord has given us. One day we are going to give account of our stewardship (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10). Oh, that we would be faithfully about His business and not just be talking about it.
es, Dear Father please help me to be faithful in being a witness and making disciples who love Jesus. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu2S9y3r0XE