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“Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.”
 
“according to the stewardship from God”
 
The word “stewardship” means dispensation. Paul became a minister by the dispensation of God.
 
“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” (I Thes 2:4).
 
God had a stake in him and made a deposit with him. I Corinthians 2 says the same thing,
 
1Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
 
   We need not be famous, simply faithful.
 
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship” (I Cor. 9:16,17).
 
God entrusts the gospel with human beings. He will reward us in eternity for faithful service.
Principle:
God has a stake in our ministry.
Application:
Are you faithful to the “stewardship” God has given you? God has never asked us to become great. He only asks that we be faithful with the ministry he has given us.
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