“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).
There is a steward for the ministry and there is a steward to the Gifts of the Spirit. At the same time, there is also a steward for the economy. The steward has to account for everything to his master. He should be faithful.
God has created this world. The world and the things in it are not yours. You can make use of them for some time until you live there. When you live in the world, God gives you a home; gives wife and children. They are also ones whom you receive from God. The money you earn and the wealth you acquire may look like yours but the fact is that God has given these things to you and has appointed you as the steward. As a steward, you have to settle accounts to God regarding the money reaching your hands.
In these days, there are two types of money. The money which is not brought into accounts is called the black money. People do not disclose this amount to the government. They do not pay tax too for this amount. The money earned properly which comes into accounts is known as white money. Today the black money is much more in existence than the white money.
The bureaucrats and the ministers accumulate the black money in crores. When caught they are put to shame. Though outwardly they possess big houses, modern cars and luxurious life, when they leave this world, they do not carry anything with them. They are deprived of peace and happiness.
One servant of God said, “One person gave me a pair of earrings as an offertory. I went to the goldsmith shop for selling it to make money. The shop owner verified the genuineness of the ornament and returned it saying it was not made of gold but was a duplicate one.” God also verifies the offertory received from you. All those things which do not come from God are evil ones. Money which comes in shortcut methods or accepting a bribe is not to God’s liking.
God never gives black money and He gives everything in the right way. Firstly, there are certain essential requirements for you. Secondly, you may like to have certain things and go for purchase. Thirdly, God is gracious to give you all which you want. Your income may be very low but he will make it grow. The boy who came to Christ gave Him five loaves and two fishes. God blessed and shared them to people numbering five thousand.
To meditate: “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ andstewards of the mysteries of God” (I Corinthians 4:1).