1 Corinthians 4:1, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” – NKJV
2 Timothy 2:15, ”Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” – NKJV
Who is a steward? A steward is someone who has been called to conduct, manage and supervise what is entrusted to his/her care; a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.
God called us to be supervisors of his change agenda on the Earth. He started the process and then handed it over to us and said, “Manage this until I return”. What did He have in mind when he was delegating authority to us? God expects us as his supervisors of change (Stewards) to expand and extend the kingdom. Jesus said that before he returns, the entire gospel of the kingdom must be preached throughout the world (Matt. 24:14). This was the mission and assignment of the disciples just as it is ours today. The disciples were good and faithful stewards. They carried out their tasks with speed because they sensed that the task was urgent and important!
If there was an urgency regarding this Kingdom Expansion and Extension Program then, how much more so now? There is an attitude we must imbibe as believers and stewards in spreading the entire gospel of the kingdom – Matt 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”. In other words, unless and until this Gospel of the Kingdom is preached in all the world as a witness, the end will not come!
What are the qualities of a steward? “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” – 1 Cor. 4:2. The very first quality expected in a steward is faithfulness in everything. Faithful in the assignment we have been given or assigned. We must be faith-filled, discreet, wise and prudent. We must be accountable, diligent and studious. A wise steward must strive to go after knowledge, must have vision, insight and must be able to supervise change. A steward must be able to see what other people cannot see and must also be able to understand the signs of the times- The sons of Issachar – 1 Chronicles 12:32 (NKJV) of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command”. In other words, they SAW beyond what everyone else saw and accordingly, were in tune with the heartbeat of the father and were accordingly put in charge of God’s agenda for that time!
If you are faithful in walking in step with the Spirit of God to receive fresh instructions for the change Agenda, then you can be trusted with the change program. If an Ambassador of a Country in a foreign land is constantly unreachable by his home Government, is not in touch with the policies of his sending Government and cannot be trusted to represent the interests and wishes of the sending Country, then either that Ambassador will be demoted and/or recalled. It is strange that many Christians do not understand this basic requirement that God is a rewarder and God is not blind!
He sees and He knows those that can be trusted. How? Not by their confessions or statements, but by their actions! If you mismanage N10, 000.00 how can you expect me to entrust you with N1m? Similarly, if a Doctor cannot handle a simple cut, can we entrust him to carry out brain surgery? God is asking us, if you have been unfaithful in managing just money, who will commit the true riches of the Kingdom unto your hands.
It is time to stop being a mere professor (simply talking and not taking action), and become a possessor (one who through faith and patience, inherits the promises) because they follow James 1:22-25, “22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”