Text: “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1, 2.
Comment: Being those entrusted with the word of God, the servants of God are required to speak His word faithfully. (Jeremiah 23:28) All other assignments given them by God they must discharge exactly as commanded. This did Moses for which God Almighty said “My servant Moses … is faithful in all mine house”. – Numbers 12:7.
St. Paul also commended Timothy (Timotheus), whom he called “my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord”. (1 Corinthians 4:17) If we happen to be employees, we should not cheat or steal or tell lies or offer half-hearted services or be hypocritical etc. Rather, we should do our work with goodwill “as to the Lord and not to men”. (Ephesians 6:7) This, when we do, even though we receive salaries from our employers, we shall receive an extra reward from God, as Apostle Paul explained further: “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” (Ephesians 6:8) When entrusted with money, let us keep it or use it faithfully, when asked to purchase things for our employers or even for the Church, let us not inflate figures on receipts, but resist the temptation from traders who sometimes ask “what amount do you want written on the receipt”. Solomon warned: “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” – Proverbs 20:17.