1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.…
I. THE TRUST IMPLIED. Of what are we stewards? All, in fact, that we are and have, but sin. Health, reason, property, influence, &c., &c. "All things, O Lord, come of Thee," &c., &c. This trust is —
1. Undeniable. The moral reason of humanity binds man to acknowledge that all he has he holds in trust. He is not the proprietor, but the trustee.
2. Ever-increasing. Mercies increase every hour, and with the increase obligation accumulates.
II. THE TRUST DISCHARGED.
1. A good man uses all under a sense of his responsibility to God.
2. In the right discharge of this trust man —
(1) Blesses himself.
(2) Serves his generation.
(3) Wins the approbation of his God.
III. THE TRUST ABUSED. We read of some —
1. That waste their Lord's goods.
2. That are unprofitable servants. "Many will say unto Me in that day."
(J. Harding, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.