“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1Cor 15:58
God has created human to worship Him and our body stands as a holy sanctuary of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19). As the living word of the Lord says, we belong to God and not to ourselves as we were bought at a price, and so our duty is to glorify God in our body (1Cor 6:20). A reasonable service that we can provide for God’s kingdom is by presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice and being holy and pleasing to God (Rom 12:1). We are heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ (Rom 8:17) and so it is our responsibility to spread His kingdom, through His word, and be the ministers of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:12-16). “Proclaim the message; persist in it weather convenient or not; rebuke, correct and encourage with great patience and teaching” (2Tim 4:2). This is the will of the Lord and it is our duty to fulfill His will, because for the one who knows the will of the Lord and does not do it, sins (Jms 4:17). When God gives us the right to be His children He also expects us to be obedient to His command. We need to develop a spirit of obedience (1Pt 1:2), so that by the obedience of truth we purify ourselves and be a new creation in Him, which is imperishable through the enduring and living word of the Lord (1Pt 1:23). Our bodies are the members of Christ (1Cor 6:15) and as God’s managers we should stand blameless, righteous, good, sensible, holy, self- controlled, hospitable (Ti 1:8), holding to the faithful message as taught, able to encourage with sound teaching and refuting those who contradict it (Ti 1:9). We have to be alert, stand firm in faith, be brave and strong and our every action must be done with love (1Cor 16:13-14), glorifying God through the confession of the gospel of Christ (2Cor 9:13).
When we submit ourselves to be stewards of Christ then it is His anointing that teaches us (1Jn 2:27) the right way to follow. As stewards of Christ, our duty is to work in accordance to the prophetic word, through the knowledge of our God and savior Jesus Christ. One cannot believe without hearing and one cannot hear without a preacher and a preacher is sent from God. When we submit ourselves for His service He takes care of everything from starting till the end. As it is written, “how welcome are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things” (Rom 10:15), the gospel of peace. God has made His will known and now it is for us to make a decision. Order and instruction (Is 28:26), advice and wisdom comes from the LORD of Hosts (Is 28:29) as we step forward for the accomplishment of His task. We receive power through the Holy Spirit to be His witness (Acts 1:8), we receive from God to give (2Cor 1:4). As the Word says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
The ministry of God also overflows with the various acts of thanksgiving and providing the needs of the saints (2Cor 9:12) and the poor (2Cor 9:9). Generosity is an act of stewardship. “Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God” (1Pt 4:10). God loves a cheerful giver (2Cor 9:7) and when we decide to sow in generosity He makes us able, through His grace, so that we may excel in every good work (2Cor 9:8).
‘Come to me’ says He (Is 55), for His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Is 55:8). We are the fragrance of God (2Cor 2:15), Christ’s letter written with the Spirit of the living God (2Cor 3:3), God’s sanctuary (1Cor 3:16), God’s co-workers, God’s field, God’s building (1Cor 3:9) where our foundation is Jesus Christ (1Cor 3:11). Hence, we all stand as servants of Christ and managers of God’s ministry (1Cor 4:1). Flesh like grass that withers away, glory like flower that drops off (1Pt 1:24), but the word of the Lord endures forever (1Pt 1:25) and as living stones- chosen and valuable to God, we are created to minister His living word.
“We are His creation- created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). God promises the spreading of His word and it being fruitful (Is 55:10-11) and making an everlasting sign that will never be destroyed (Is 55:13). Allow Him to use us to glorify His precious name so that we may stand justified by our works (Jms 2:24) when He comes again.
“Ablaze the gift of God that is in you” (2Tim 1:6) for He has not given you a spirit of fearfulness but one of power, love and sound judgment (2Tim 1:7). Amen.