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What Is a Steward? (2 of 3)
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I Corinthians 4:2
I Corinthians 4:2 "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."
As you look at this passage of scripture saying, "It is required in stewards," you might ask yourself the question, "What is a steward?"
Well a steward is a servant.
In Biblical times, wealthy men would often times have many investments, many businesses, many interests. So they would put in charge in different portions of their business, people called stewards. The steward was one who did not own the business, but he was one who was entrusted with the success of the business and with the carrying of the business for the benefit of his master.
The apostle Paul calls himself a steward, that is, a trustee. Another word for steward would be servant. He said, "It’s required in the servants of God that they be found faithful." This word for "required" here could be translated, "above everything." Above everything, a steward must be found faithful.
Now, in all the books I’ve read on marriage, I’ve noticed one very common characteristic and that is if a person is to have a stable marriage and if a person is to enjoy happiness and fulfillment in their home and married life, one of the chief characteristics that must be present is faithfulness on the part of husbands to wives and wives to husbands. You cannot have a successful marriage apart from faithfulness. So I would ask you a question tonight. Are you faithful to your mate? Are you faithful to that wife? Are you faithful to that husband? If you are any kind of a marriage partner you would say, "Of course! I would not think of being unfaithful to my wife or husband. Above everything else, I am faithful to them."
Well, as important as faithfulness is in a marriage or in a home, it is even more important in the kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, the Bible teaches here that above all else, God requires from us faithfulnes ...
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