1 Corinthians 4:1-2 “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.”
It is an important task to manage someone else’s affairs. This is something you do not want a careless person to do or you could end up with a real problem.
In the real estate field we are called upon to keep earnest money while waiting for a transaction to be finalized. When a buyer writes a contract it is often required that the person commit a certain amount of money to show that they are earnestly sincere about the purchase of the property. If they break the contract they are at a risk of losing this money.
The brokerage deposits this money in a real estate trust fund to hold it until the transaction is complete and then the amount is relinquished as stated in the purchase contract. There are very strict rules regarding this trust account. This money cannot be touched for any other purpose other than holding it for the buyer. It is illegal to commingle funds, which means the broker cannot mix his own cash with the other money in the account. Strict records must be kept and all the finances must be accounted for at all times. In short, the broker must be a trustworthy steward of this money that does not belong to him.
As servants of Christ we too must be good stewards. Paul states that we are entrusted with the mysteries of God. Those who know Christ as Savior have been given the Holy Spirit Who teaches us the truth of God’s word. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God, and reveals it to us as we allow Him to fill us.
As we are given this understanding, we must be trustworthy stewards of this message. This is done by attentive study and prayer. It is of utmost importance not to take away from or exceed what is written. So often careless reading of the Word will lead to things that sound spiritual but are not a true rendering of the truth.
It may sound loving to “accept” everyone regardless of his or her actions, but this may not be what God wants. Godly love always speaks the truth in regard to sin and is willing to deal harshly with it for the sake of all involved.
Just as in real estate the bookkeeper needs to be painfully attentive to all the details of the account, a student of God’s word must read and study carefully every detail, being sure to understand and follow the true meaning without commingling their own thoughts and feelings about what is good and right. The consequences of carelessness are very grave in either case.
So whether you are managing someone else’s money or Someone else’s words, make sure you are found to be a trustworthy steward! – Love Mama
Sandra Sheridan is a Greene County resident and guest religion columnist.