The most important requirement.
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.1 Corinthians 4:2.
People frequently ask, how does God choose whom He wants to use? This is an important question to ask, and one that you should ask if you desire to be used by the Lord. As you look at those whom God uses in a significant way, it will quickly become obvious to you that God doesn’t choose people simply because of raw talent or gifts.
So, there must be another higher reason that causes Him to reach out and lay His hand on an individual to use him or her in a special way. What is that reason?
In 1 Corinthians 4:2 Paul wrote Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.
This is a person whom God has found to be faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, true and unfailing.
But how does God know if that person is faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, true and unfailing? Paul answered this question when he wrote, moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. There is no second-guessing with God about this question. The word found means that God watches us over a long period of time and in many different circumstances to see if we are faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, true, and unfailing.
If you were God looking for someone to use in a might way, wouldn’t you first watch a person’s character and actions to see if he or she was someone on whom you could depend for a big assignment? Even secular employers inspect employees to see who is trustworthy of a big promotion.
So, I believe that God is watching us to see our actions and reactions. He is watching to see how we treat people, how we respond to pressure, and whether or not we have the tenacity to stay on track when distractions try to thwart our obedience. Before He taps us on the shoulder to give us a new assignment, He carefully observes to see how well we have done with the last assignment. Did we do it as He expected? Did we finish it completely, or did we leave parts of the assignment incomplete? Did we do it in a way that glorified the name of Jesus?
God wants to know if we are faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, true, and unfailing. Rather than take a shot in the dark and simply hope for the best, He bases His decision on discovery. That means that God is watching you today. He watches your actions and reactions. He observes how you treat people and how you respond to pressure. He looks to see if you have the tenacity to keep going, even in the face of opposition.
So, what has God found about you? Only you can answer that.
Father, I admit I’ve often been slack in the way that I’ve carried out the assignments you have given to me. I haven’t always been diligent in many things you have expected of me, and yet I’ve somehow thought that You would promote me anyway. Now I understand that You are watching and waiting for me to be found faithful, only then will You be assured that I can be trusted with something bigger than what I am doing right now. For give me for my faulty thinking in the pass. I ask You to make my thoughts agreeable to Your will, as You create in me both the desire and the ability to do what pleases You. I pray this in Jesus name.
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