I Corinthians 4:1-2 gives a quality that we need to resolve every moment to have personified in our life. It can be encapsulated by one word, faithfulness. I Corinthians 4:1-2 says, “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

  1. Ministers of Christ 

The word ministers literally means “an under-rower” in a ship, and it denotes someone in a subordinate capacity. We are not to have preeminence. Paul, the greatest of all apostles, teachers, missionaries, and pastors, describes himself as “an under-rower.” Paul knew his place. He wasn’t trying to row someone else’s ship. Believers are called to be under-rowers. Christ is to have the preeminence in our lives.

  1. Stewards of the mysteries of God

The word steward means “one who managed the affairs of his master’s household.” We are household accountants or account holders. We are managers of the mysteries of God. Every believer has been entrusted with something by the Lord, and we shall be held accountable at the judgment seat of Christ for what we have done with it. Don’t be an infrequent under-rower or steward. Be a faithful under-rower and steward. Do not read the Bible once; read it faithfully. Do not give a gospel tract occasionally; give it out faithfully. Do not show up infrequently for church; show up intentionally and with purpose every time the doors are open. Do not serve here and there; find a ministry to serve faithfully.

  1. Moreover

The word moreover means “addition to.” 

It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. When you go divide all the qualities of a steward and an under-rower, what is it that should be looked at first? Paul states emphatically that it should be faithfulness. When you open an account up at the bank, they create an account for each item to be recorded.

In accounting, you will discover that each T account will always balance itself out. Paul had a high sense of accountability and through the movement of the Holy Spirit, Paul was letting us know that on the left side of the T account is found all our abilities while on the right side of the T account is one word, faithfulness.

Ability

Compassionate

Highly Educated

Talented

Sense of humor

Great with people

Trustworthiness

Business smarts

Hard worker

Skillful

Integrity

Easy going

Fun to be around

Excellent teacher

What good is ability, talent, education, hospitality, if people cannot depend on that person being in their place. God simply desires for you to be in your place faithfully rowing the ship that He has put you on while He gives the increase. We are not to faithfully row someone else’s ship. Like Paul, we are to know our place in ministry and life, and we are to be faithful stewards and managers of those things that He has entrusted us. The best quality you can have is faithfulness.

Psalm 28:20a “A faithful man shall abound with blessings:”