Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
1 Corinthians 4:1
Paul wrote to the Corinthians and here told them how he wanted to be considered. When they thought of Paul, what did he want to come into their mind? Paul knew how he and others like him should be thought of. He said, let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
In the Christian world today, consider what many pastors, preachers, and Bible teachers might finish those words, consider us.
- Consider us professionals
- Consider us celebrities
- Consider us eloquent
- Consider us successful
- Consider us intellectual
- Consider us influential
- Consider us popular
Paul would have none of that. For him it was, consider us as servants of Christ. This was his primary identification when it came to ministry, and to be a servant of Christ was a high enough honor for Paul. But Paul wasn’t only a servant, but also a steward: and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Basically, the steward had the responsibility to protect and wisely distribute what the master owned. Paul knew he had to protect and distribute God’s message (the mysteries of God). Paul wasn’t a composer of these mysteries, nor was he an editor of them. Neither are we. Like Paul, we protect and wisely distribute.
Dear pastor, preacher, or Bible teacher: there is a sense in which God has entrusted His word to you as a steward of His mysteries. You have a great responsibility to both protect and distribute His truth, and to do it as well as you can.
Today, take some satisfaction in those two titles: servant and steward. Consider yourself that way and be happy if others consider you the same way.
Blessings to You in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik