Friday, January 13, 2006

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. (1 Corinthians 4:1)
We are stewards of the mysteries of God, mysteries of His kingdom. Jesus said to the disciples, “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 13:11.

In the Bible, a mystery is a secret that God is revealing to His people. God reveals these mysteries to us by His Word, by His Spirit, and finally, by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

These mysteries were first revealed to Jesus’ disciples, whom He sent out as apostles, and later to Paul. They were all stewards of these mysteries. The job of a steward is to properly distribute that which has been given into his care.
And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?” (Luke 12:42)

Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:52)
Not only were Jesus’ disciples privileged to know these mysteries, but they were also given authority and power to bring them forth, to proclaim and demonstrate them to the world.

By extension, it has likewise been given to us to be stewards of these same mysteries, for Jesus commissioned His disciples to teach us everything He taught them (Matthew 28:19-20). As they were stewards of these mysteries toward us, we, in turn, are to be stewards of these mysteries toward others.

Paul said, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” Then he added, “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). As stewards of the mysteries of God, we need to be faithful — that is, full of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). God is looking for us to believe these mysteries, to speak and act according to them. For these mysteries make Jesus known in our lives, and by our lives, to the world.

If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, you are in the privileged position of being His servant, and a steward of the mysteries of God. You have been given authority and power to reveal His glory and release His love, through bold witness, and through signs, wonders and miracles, declaring the kingdom of God.