Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 5, 2015

“it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 26.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+26&version=NASB

I quote only the following verse.

“The Levites, their relatives, had charge of the treasures of the house of God and of the treasures of the dedicated gifts.”  1 Chronicles 26:20.

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The Levites in today’s Scripture who guarded the earthly treasures of the house of God point us to those who guard the heavenly treasures of God.

“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.”  1 Corinthians 4:1-2.

“Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 1:13-14.

Whether one is called a steward or a guard or an elder, a good one must be “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”  Titus 1:9.

Some stewards of Reformed Doctrine are embarrassed about Reformed Doctrine.  They are two-faced.  To some listeners, they state just enough so they can maintain their position.  But, to others listeners, they hide it.  They minimize it.  They are more concerned that they appear loving.  They even make cute jokes about it.  They are like the “wicked, lazy” slave who hid the one talent entrusted to him in Jesus’ Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30.

But, other stewards of Reformed Doctrine are proud of their Reformed Doctrine.  They proclaim it.  They defend it.  They may be ridiculed or even persecuted but they consider it joy.  They are like the “good and faithful” slaves who took the talents entrusted to them and made more.

We know what happened to the “wicked, lazy” slave who buried the talent entrusted to him.  His master said to him:  “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness;  in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Matthew 25:30.

We also know what happened to the “good and faithful” slaves who made more talents from the talents entrusted to them.  Their master said to them:  “Well done, good and faithful slave.  You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things;  enter into the joy of your master.”  Matthew 25:21.

We have heard much about the heavenly treasure of Reformed Doctrine.  We may have five talents, or we may have only one talent.  But, we have been entrusted with Reformed Doctrine.  We are all stewards of it.  We are all guards of it.  We are all either literal or figurative elders.

What are we going to do with Reformed Doctrine?  Are we going to bury it?  Or, are we going to proclaim it and defend it?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.

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