Summary: This sermon looks at what faithfulness means. 1. ACCOUNTABILITY 2. PREPAREDNESS 3. COMMITMENT
The Marks of a Faithful Christian
Each of us takes on different roles in our lives. If I were to ask you this morning to write down all the roles that you have – we could probably be here most of the day. For myself I wrote down just a few. Here they are: when it comes to relationships I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, an uncle, a cousin, a brother, a nephew and a friend. When it comes to occupation I am a Pastor and an Army Chaplain. When it comes to hobbies I am a gardener, a chicken farmer and a rabbit breeder. When it comes to work around the house I am a grounds keeper, a trash man, handy man and a gofer. Most of you know what a gofer is, don’t you? A gofer is a person who goes fer this and goes fer that. That’s what a gofer is. You see each of take on various roles in life.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians chapter four that a Christian has two primary roles. Please read along with me.
“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1 (NKJV)
Paul tells us in this passage of scripture that we are both servants and stewards. We are:
1. SERVANTS of Christ
2. STEWARDS of the mysteries of God
The word translated “servant” was originally designated an underclass of seaman—one who was responsible to a higher-ranking officer. He was a rower in a boat. He had a boss over him who would tell him when to row.
The word “steward” literally means house-manager. He is the person who is in charge when the owner is away. In both of these roles God expects us to be faithful. Look at verse two:
“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV)
There is no greater privilege today for the Christian than to be known and remembered as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. This morning we are going to look at three marks of a faithful Christian. What does a faithful Christian look like?
1. The first mark of faithfulness is ACCOUNTABILITY.
All of us as Christians are going to be held accountable. Who will you and I be accountable to? Our text tells us, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ.” We are going to be accountable to God.
The Bible tells us that all people in the world will accountable to Him:
"As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11 (NKJV)
God is the creator and master of the universe. The Bible says that at the last judgment God is going to ask us two questions. He will ask us first – what did you do with His son Jesus? Then He will ask us – what did you do with what I gave you? The first question is about relationship. How good of a servant were you? The second question is about the things He put you in charge of: your time, talents, possession, and information. How good of a steward were you? You and I are going to be accountable to Him in both of those areas. He is going to see if we were faithful.