A Faithful Steward Revisited

Recently I had the honor of being asked to give a devotion at a baby shower.  While contemplating what in the world I would say, the thought about being a steward came into my mind.  Weird.  What in the world?  Baby shower, steward….doesn’t seem to be something that would be “baby shower devotional”.

My curiosity got in gear.  What exactly is a steward?  Of what is a steward a steward?  We have an idea of what would encompass being a steward, especially the all too familiar verse in 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 4:2  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

What is the usual application when discussing a steward?  The management of our money or our possessions.  That would be a correct function of a steward.  However, if you look at 1 Corinthians 4:1 you will see that Paul is talking about being a steward of the mysteries of God.  He is to oversee, take care of and dispense the truth of God’s word.  That would be something other than material possessions or money.

My curiosity goes into high gear.  In what other way should/could the concept of being a steward be applied?  I start doing one of my favorite things in this oh so modern world when I am curious.  I start googling.

First, what exactly is a steward?  Off to dictionary.com.

  • A person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.
  • A person entrusted with and responsible for his master’s entire household-buildings, fields, finances, food, other servants, and sometimes even the children of the owner.
  • A manager-one who is responsible to take care of those things that belong to someone else.

A steward takes care of whatever the owner or master gives or entrusts him/her.

Who are the stewards?  1 Corinthians 6 tells us that we are not our own, we are bought with a price.  We have an owner.  Therefore, we can conclude that we are the stewards.

With what has God entrusted us?  Yes, with our possessions and our money, with which we should be good stewards.  But He has also given us/entrusted us with our children.  As He created us, He has also created them and put them in our care.  Can we not then conclude we are stewards in the bringing up (or in the South, the raising up) of our children?

1 Corinthians 4:2  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

According to this verse, it is required in stewards…

What is exactly does required mean?  Back to the google and dictionary.com

Required:

  • To have need of; need
  • To ask for authoritatively or imperatively; demand
  • To place under an obligation or necessity

It is needed for a steward to be found faithful.  It is demanded that a steward be found faithful.  It is an obligation for a steward to be found faithful.

What are we required to do?  We are required to be faithful….

What exactly does being faithful mean since we are required to be this?  Of course, I am back to the dictionary-I am a fan of looking up the definitions of words- just in case you haven’t figured that out yet.

Faithful:

  • Strict or thorough in the performance of duty
  • True to one’s word, promises, vows etc.
  • Steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant
  • Reliable, trusted or believed
  • Adhering or true to fact, a standard or an original; accurate

How can we be a faithful steward in regards to being a mother/parent?  Let’s follow the definition of faithful to see what we can do to be a steward that does what is required.  How can we be strict or thorough in the performance of duty, true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc, steady in allegiance or affection, loyal, constant, reliable, trusted or believed?

Here are a few ways (not all inclusive of course-there are many more) that come to mind that we can be faithful in being a steward of our children.

  • First and foremost, make sure you, as the parent, are saved. 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us: Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Jeremiah tells us that our hearts are deceitful.  Make sure that you have realized that even “just a little white lie” is a law breaking, grievous, horrible crime against a most high and holy God.  You either pay that penalty yourself for that crime against God or you trust that a most loving, sacrificial, merciful Jesus took on that penalty at the cross for you.  Examine yourself and make sure you have understood that and repented and put your trust in Jesus Christ.  This verse doesn’t tell us to examine ourselves once and then never again recheck.  It does not hurt to examine yourself on a regular basis.
  • Make sure that your children understand about salvation. Even your precious, sweet little munchkin is a wretched sinner.  They may be a really “good” kid but they are still in need of a Savior.  Teach them that we are liars, thieves and coveters.  Teach them about the penalty that is incurred.  Teach them about a God that loved us so much that He sent His Son to pay that penalty in our place.  Teach them that we need to repent and put our trust in Jesus Christ.  Make it plain.
  • Point them to Jesus. Talk about Him.  Read about Him.  Love Him.
  • Teach them basic theology. Teach them about God, Creation, and the Bible.  Teach them about salvation, baptism, what the Gospel is…and what it isn’t.  Give them a foundation on which to stand.  Don’t depend on the church to be the one to teach them these things.  It is first your responsibility and that teaching can be confirmed or added to at church.
  • Teach them how to handle money wisely.
  • Be consistent
  • 3 “a lot’s”:  Love, Pray, Laugh
  • With Boys: Be impressed with how big his muscles are.  Jump high and scream loudly when he thinks it is his goal in life to scare you.  Teach him that no matter how proud he is of his burps and other gaseous expulsions, that there is a right and wrong time to make them obviously known.  Teach him to cook, clean and do laundry (his future wife will appreciate it).  Teach him to open a door for a lady.  Teach him how to have a firm handshake.  Teach him how to treat, respect and love others.
  • With Girls: Teach her how a lady should be treated.  Listen to her gibber gabber.  Teach her to be a lady.  Teach her how to properly put on and wear makeup.  Teach her that she won’t always be able to please everyone.  Teach her to have a firm, albeit feminine, handshake.  Teach her how she can dress modestly but fashionably.  Teach her about cars.  Teach her how to repair things in the house.  Teach her how to treat, respect and love others.
  • Model the position of being a faithful steward. More is caught than taught.

We are required as God’s stewards to faithfully manage that which belongs to God.  God has entrusted us with the care, development and enjoyment of everything He owns.   That includes our children.  We are responsible to manage His things well, not for us or our purposes but for His purposes and His glory.

For His Glory,

Yvonne

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