GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 21 Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapters 4-6

Are we FAITHFUL STEWARDS of the MYSTERIES of GOD? "Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful." (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

In his third illustration of this letter, Apostle Paul portrays ministers of God as stewards in God’s household who are charged particularly with the task of feeding the household with the whole counsel of God. A steward is a servant who takes care of someone’s property, and is in full charge of the household, accountable only to the owner. Servants have no unique positions, but stewards do. A steward was a slave who administers all the affairs of his master’s household, though he himself owns nothing. If we recall, Joseph held such a position in the house of Potiphar (see Gen. 39:2–19).

A major requirement in stewards is to be found faithful in dispensing to the household exactly what had been entrusted to him. People value brilliance, wisdom, wealth, and success; but God is looking for those servants who will be faithful in their responsibilities. Similarly, ministers are to expound nothing more and nothing less than the whole counsel of God! As a personal testimony of his own faithfulness, Paul had the following to say about himself to the elders of the church in Ephesus where he had toiled for over two years: "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God." (Acts 20:27)

Paul also clarifies that the ministers of Christ are the stewards of the mysteries of God, which refer to those truths of God that cannot be discovered by man but must be revealed by God. These are the previously hidden secrets, which have now been revealed by God to the New Testament apostles and prophets. So the responsibility of a minister is to serve as the custodian of God’s revealed truths. As stewards, believers also manage the message and ministry God has entrusted to them as well.

Now, the character of a faithful steward of God is that his ministry is centered in Christ revealing his total commitment. He must render account for the manner in which he carries out his master’s orders, and he should always be found faithful. We read in other accounts that both Moses and Jesus Christ were faithful in carrying out their responsibilities: "And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end." (Heb. 3:5-6)

The question to ask ourselves today is, are we faithful stewards of the mysteries of God? Let us truly devote our time, talents, and energy to executing our Master’s interests every day. Let us faithfully manage our Master’s affairs so that His desires are carried out in our lives. If we do our tasks sincerely, one day we will hear the following words from our Lord and Master: "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." (Matt. 25:23)

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