1 Corinthian 4:1-5 Reflection:
At the time of Jesus a ‘steward’ was something akin to a foreman or an estate manager; it was a position of trust and importance in the house of a wealthy man. Paul tells us that a steward has to be found worthy of the trust that is put in him.
Then he goes on to tell us that we are to see ourselves as ‘Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.’ That is a big responsibility; we are supposed to live in such a way as to be worthy of the trust that God has placed in us and not to let him or his faith down.
In this life we must live as though we have only one judge, God. What others think of us or what we do is not important, we look to God and what God wants us to do. And living and working in God is not that big an issue. We do what is right in a quiet and humble way and get on with it. That’s it, just do it and get on with it.
But we must also remember that as Christians the world shall be looking at us and watching what we do. People will use any excuse to justify what they are doing: “Oh, look at so and so, sure he is a Christian and look at the way he lives.”
The mysteries of God is that Jesus Christ is Lord, that God is three in one and that Jesus came to redeem us and make us right with God the Father.
If we live believing this and all that it entails, we’ll be doing ok!