Being a Servant of God
In 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, 6-16, Paul says that we have a high calling, “think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” One definition of servant is “a person ardently devoted to another or to a cause, creed, etc.” This leaves no doubt as to one’s loyalty. Additionally, a steward is seen as one in charge of the affairs of another. Consequently, our calling as “servants of Christ” leads us to the conclusion that we must be “ardently devoted” to Christ. As “stewards of the mysteries of God” we are called to assume responsibility for the mysteries of God.
No doubt, such a calling impacts the way we live life. To assume the mantle of servant or stewards implicates us in the kingdom of God as it is being fulfilled in this world. A steward cannot disregard the intentions of the one who affairs they administer. A servant cannot assume that all of the resources of God are theirs to use or abuse. We must manager carefully the affairs of God if we are to be found “good and faithful servants.”
–Rev. Terry Maynard
- How can we reconcile God being in charge of the world’s affairs with the notion that we are in charge of our lives?
- What does it mean to be “a good and faithful servant”? Does this understanding of our relationship with God cause us to live differently?
- Is there a place for God’s call to be a servant/steward in the vocations that are most popular today? Why or why not?
- How would we care for our world differently if we tool seriously the idea of servant/steward?
- Take the time to talk with a youth in your congregation about God’s plans for their life. Help them recognize and affirm gifts and how they might fit in with that calling. You might want to set a time for several people to talk with them about the hearing of their calling.
- Invite one of the leaders of your congregation to discuss with your class the call to be a servant/steward in your congregation. If you have enough interest, break up in small groups centered around particular ways some might feel called. For instance, someone might feel called to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project. Someone else may feel called to begin a recycling project, etc. In small groups, make plans to meet at another time and open these action groups up to the others in the congregation.
- Spend time talking with your children about what it means to be a good steward and give them an opportunity to assume responsibility for some specific activity/task in your home. If you don’t have children, talk to a child at church.
- Choose two or three actions/activities in your life that need changing and work on plans for those changes.