by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2]
A. A faithful steward can help an employer achieve greater success (Genesis 39:29-30; 39:1-6), but a bad one can lead him to ruin.
B. As Christians, we are stewards of the greatest blessings God has ever entrusted to mortal man, and this comes with great responsibility (Luke 12:42-48).
I. What has God entrusted to us?
A. Everything we have is from God (James 1:17; 1 Chronicles 29:14).
B. He has given us our wealth (Luke 21:1-4).
C. He has given us our bodies (Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Hebrews 10:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
D. Each and every day we live is a gift of God’s mercy (Psalm 118:23; 2 Peter 3:9).
E. He has given us our talents (1 Corinthians 4:7).
F. One of His greatest gifts is our children (Deuteronomy 6:7).
G. He has also entrusted us with His glorious Gospel (1 Corinthians 4:1; 9:16-17).
II. What does God expect of us?
A. He expects us not to use these blessings for sinful or self-serving purposes (1 Corinthians 6:18; Luke 12:20; Malachi 3:8).
B. He expects us to use all these things to bring Him glory (1 Peter 4:10-11).
A. There will come a day when we will all give an account of our stewardships to God (Luke 16:1; 1 Corinthians 4:4-5; Romans 14:12).
B. Have you been faithful? Can He depend on you?