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Daily Reading: Ezra 7:1-8:20 ESV, 1 Corinthians 4:1-21 ESV, Psalm 30:1-12 ESV, Proverbs 20:28-30 ESV

Daily Verse: “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (1 Cor. 4:1 ESV)

OIKONOMOS (3623): “Primarily denoted “the manager of a household or estate” (oikos, “a house,” nemo, “to arrange”), of preachers of the gospel and teachers of the Word of God, 1 Cor. 4:1.”[i]

House to arrange.

As Christ followers, we become stewards of the mysteries of God.  In other words, God wants us to share what we know about Him with others.  We transfer truth to those who don’t know it. 

What others think of our actions doesn’t matter; what God thinks does.  So, as you introduce others to Jesus, remember that God watches all we do.  The final judgment comes from above; Jesus exposes our misdeeds.  Following Christ closely will help you do your job well.

Serve first.

Paul calls the Corinthians servants of Christ who must steward God’s mysteries.  Serving others helps you draw them closer to Jesus.  As you learn of their needs, meeting them to the best of your ability, you will have opportunities to talk about Jesus. 

Tell others how Jesus impacts your life.  Explain to them what life changes occurred once you started following Christ.  Share the mysteries of God working in your life with those around you.  Help them discover what you found when you placed your faith in Jesus.

And just like arranging furniture in a house, it happens one piece at a time.  First, you place your faith in Jesus and then follow Him.  Learning about Christ in the scriptures will help you apply His teachings to your life.  As you do, life will take on new meaning, everything has a purpose, and God will give you opportunities to share your faith with others.

Become a trustworthy servant of Christ and share God’s mysteries with others.  Stewarding the good news of the Gospel happens when you tell others what Jesus does for you.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 176) Thomas Nelson

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