The Steward’s Reward - 1 Corinthians 9:17
Stewardship is a difficult task, but it is not without reward. Just as the Lord Jesus presented in His parables of stewardship, the faithful steward receives reward at the time of accounting for his stewardship. The apostle Paul confessed this truth in 1 Corinthians 9:17 when he said, "if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward." Paul knew God had a special calling on his life, and he knew he would stand before God to give an account for his service. In like manner, each believer will one day stand before the Master (Jesus Christ) to give an account of his stewardship. Those who have served as good stewards will receive reward, while those who have not will suffer loss (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
(For smaller children) How do you feel when Dad or Mom says, "Good job"? God has a work for every believer to do and it will not go unnoticed (2 Chronicles 15:7; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Revelation 22:12). Wouldn't you like to hear Him say, "Well done" (Matthew 25:23a)?
Have you faithfully served in your stewardship for the Lord? Are there things you would go back and change up to this point? How would you like to finish?
Do you desire to please the Lord? Do you want to receive rewards from Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ? What would have to change in order to receive those rewards?
- Ask God to help you finish your stewardship well.
- Ask God to remind you that a day of accounting is coming.
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