I Corinthians 4:2 tells us that it is “required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” A steward is one who cares for the property and possessions of another. All of us understand that, as God’s children, we are responsible to care for the properties and possessions that He entrusts to us. The word I want us to focus our attention on in this verse, however, is the word faithful. I found three definitions of the word faithful that I find very interesting.
The first definition I saw declared faithfulness as being “strict or thorough in the performance of duty.” This gives the idea that we are to be very disciplined and diligent to fulfill our responsibilities to the fullest. We are not to leave any stone unturned when it comes to our responsibility as stewards. We cannot approach our job as stewards in a lackadaisical fashion. To be thorough, we must fulfill every aspect of our stewardship responsibilities. An unfaithful steward fulfills his duty only when it is convenient or performs only those portions that are not too difficult or burdensome.
The second definition declares a faithful person to be one who is “true to his word, promises or vows.” As stewards, we must remember the promises we have made to the Lord and keep those promises regardless of how difficult they are to keep. Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.”
The last definition tells us a faithful person is “steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant.” Oh that we would show a steady or constant allegiance to Christ in this matter of stewardship. Faithful stewards remain through thick and thin, as do faithful friends. Loyalty to Christ in the matter of stewardship must be at the forefront of our thoughts.
Pondering these definitions of faithfulness and applying them to the subject of stewardship should cause us to examine ourselves carefully and see if we are truly “faithful stewards.” If not, there is still time to change.