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Stewards and not masters (III). Faithful stewards.

“In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy” (1 Cor 4:2).

A trustworthy steward is loyal to his Master and keeps the interests of his master above his own; more so, in the Kingdom of God, we shall say that there is an identification of interests, because a truly trustworthy steward is the one who has no interests other than those of his master. A trustworthy steward does not impose terms to his Master and is ready to do all that his Master wants, because he knows that his Master wants the best, that he is wise and that he does not err. A trustworthy steward loves his Master. The concept of self-gift is close to that of trustworthiness. A trust worthy steward is the one who gives himself entirely to his Master.

Trustworthiness relates to effort. How much we produce for the Kingdom of God is not as important as it is the much effort we make for it in a trustworthy manner. In the Parables of the Talents, the one who received five as well the one who received two, gave cent per cent of what they had. Both received the same treatment and the same reward from the Master.

Faithfulness is God’s gift, but we have to desire it, to search for it from the heart, and wait for it as a gift that comes from above. We have our model in Christ: “I am the true witness (Rev 3:14), the Lord Jesus said. The apostle Paul gives us a great lesson when he says: “So I persevere for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they, may obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. Here is a saying that you can rely on: ‘If we have died with him, then we shall live with him. If we persevere, then we shall reign with him. If we disown him, then he will disown us. If we are faithless, he is faithful still, for he cannot disown his own self’” (2 Tim 2:10-13). His promises are forever, he is faithful to each of his words, and because he is faithful he wants us to be faithful.

Our Lord wants us to be faithful stewards. He has been and will be faithful. He has been faithful to the will of the Father till he accomplished all and each one of his plans. The Lord was faithful unto death. If he had been unfaithful, even only on the last day of his earthly life, all the Father’s plans in relation to him and to humankind would have not been accomplished as expected. Faithfulness in the imitation of the Teacher and Lord, should last to the end: Even if you have to die, keep faithful, and I will give the crown of life for your prize” (Rev 2:10).

The faithfulness that the Lord expects from us encompasses all. This faithfulness comprises the end result as well the means and the development of the process to achieve the results. In addition, to achieve the desired results, meaning to reach the intended goal, we cannot do the things in our own way, we cannot take initiatives on our own, but we must do as the Lord directs.

One of the ways to remain faithful to the Lord is to stay faithful in small things: “You have shown your trustworthiness in small things; I will trust you with greater” (Mt 25:21). In addition, to be faithful in small things is the only way to be faithful in greater ones. The way to being faithful in much is in being faithful in little. The Lord is not going to entrust us greater tasks before entrusting us the small ones. This should lead us to take care of all gifts received from the Lord, not neglecting a single one, however small it may look. Everything is important in the Kingdom of God.

They are not many the trustworthy stewards. As the author of the Book of Proverbs said, the faithful men are few: “Many describe themselves as people of faithful love, but who can find someone really to be trusted?” (Prov 20:6). Notwithstanding, a faithful steward is a treasure that the Lord appreciates in a very special way and in whom he is much pleased.

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