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October 18, 2017
October 17, 2017, 10:08 AM

“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.  Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  I Corinthians 4:1-2

            We have shared on numerous occasions some of the traits of a disciple.  The passage above describes what it means to be a disciple.  As a disciple we are, first of all, servants of Christ.  The word Paul uses for servant is the Greek word hyperetas.  The word literally means an “under rower” in the sense that someone is a rower on a big galley ship.  One commentator describes this “under rower” as “one who acts under direction, and asks no questions, one who does the thing he is appointed to do without hesitation”.

            As servants of Jesus, we understand that our job is to manage the resources given to us.  We are to use our God-given resources in a way that honors Him.  Ken Adams very well sums up what God has entrusted to us.  “Disciples in our day must understand the difference between ownership and management.  Your time, treasure, temple, and talents all belong to God.  He has entrusted them into your care to be managed and used for His glory.  Being a good life manager is a mark of an authentic disciple of Jesus”.

            Paul also reminds us that a disciple of Christ must prove faithful.  Is God able to trust us and depend on us to be obedient to Him?  God has provided the resources and entrusted us with the task of sharing Jesus.  Are we using our resources wisely?  It becomes very easy to overlook our real purpose as we get caught in the world’s vicious trap of busyness.  Jesus reminded those seeking Him to count the cost of being a disciple.  It is not an easy life and persecution is a real possibility.  However, you will never find a more satisfying or rewarding life.  Let us ask God to put people in our path daily who need to hear the gospel message.  Let us also ask God to give us the right words for every situation so the message is presented adequately and accurately.  May you have an extraordinarily blessed week as we serve Him together.

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia