“And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?”
The verse above is a discourse that Jesus had with His disciples about His return. He wanted to prepare every believer to be spiritually ready for His return so that they could be blessed in life, and also be blessed with rewards in Heaven. Just like a parent warns their child that they are going to be gone for a short time and will return expecting the children to accomplish the list of duties given to them, so Jesus wants the believer to be ready for His return. In trying to prepare the believer for His return, He asks the question, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward…?” Let me show you Jesus’ definition of a faithful steward.
First and foremost, a faithful steward is a servant. Jesus said in verse 43, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Jesus defines a steward by saying that they are to be a servant. You will never please the LORD without understanding that you are a servant and must have a servant’s attitude. A servant’s attitude is more than just claiming you are a servant; it is actually serving your Master who wants you to serve others. Often we think that a servant’s attitude is serving others, which is not actually true. A servant serves their master, and the believer’s master is Jesus Christ. Yes, you will serve others when you serve Christ, but you must keep your priorities straight that a servant’s attitude will do whatever they must do to please the Saviour.
Second, a faithful steward does right without oversight. You will notice in verse 43 that the blessed servant was discovered doing what they were supposed to be doing without the presence of the master. A faithful steward of Jesus Christ will not just serve the LORD on the weekends, but a faithful steward will serve the LORD all the time. You cannot be a faithful steward if you are not “doing” all the time. The faithful steward embraces the walk with God as a lifestyle rather than a penance that must be paid. You will never please the LORD until you get to the point when you embrace serving the LORD as a lifestyle to live.
Third, a faithful steward is preparing for the LORD’s return. Verse 47 says, “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself…” Preparing for the LORD’s return means to daily put off those things that, if He found you doing them, would cause grief to the LORD. In other words, it is living the sanctified life. The faithful steward is one who is daily being conformed into the image of Christ. My friend, you don’t want the LORD to find you more like the world than like Him. If you are a faithful steward, you will desire and will daily lay aside those things that keep you from being more like your Saviour.
Fourth, a faithful steward fulfills the LORD’s will. Verse 47 continues to say, “…neither did according to his will…” What is the LORD’s will? The LORD’s will is to reach the lost with the Gospel. The faithful steward will daily do what they can to reach the lost for Christ. You may not be able to reach the whole world for Christ, but you can reach your world for Christ. Second, fulfilling the LORD’s will means to do what the LORD made you to do. It is finding the purpose of why the LORD placed you on this Earth and doing it. The greatest joy you will find in life is doing what the LORD made you to do. If you are a faithful steward, you will have no difficulty in doing the LORD’s will for your life.