From Waiter to Martyr (11 of 13) by Jeff Lynn

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From Waiter to Martyr (11 of 13)
Maturing in Your Faithfulness
Series: Unleashed
Jeff Lynn
Acts 6:8-7:60
July 25, 2010

TEXT: Acts 6:8-15

INTRODUCTION

Ignacy Paderewski was a Polish pianist and composer back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He started playing the piano early in his childhood and his name eventually became synonymous with the highest level of piano virtuosity.
One time a fan of his said,
"I'd give my life to be able to play like that!"
Paderewski responded: " I did"

Throughout my ministry career I've run across people who want to be used by God in a great way.

They may have a vision how they think God can or is going to use them.

Perhaps they seek a leadership position or long to be involved in some type of ministry where they can impact a significant amount of people.

However, they are not willing to first humble themselves to the place of a servant or be willing to do what is needed at the present time.

You may be here this morning thinking to yourself that you want to do something significant for Christ; but it may be that you have to prove yourself faithful in the small things.
I believe, based on God's word that we grow in our faithfulness.

Here's what the apostle Paul says concerning this:

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Trustworthy means to be faithful.

He didn't say that they "should" be found trustworthy, or that it would be "kinda neat" if they were found trustworthy.
He said that it is REQUIRED that they be found faithful.

Every Christ-follower has been a given a stewardship from God.

And according to Matthew 25, you have been given the greatest stewardship of all when it comes to your life.

One day you're going to stand before God and give an account of what you've done with your life.

And the bible is clear that yo ...


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