“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” ~ 1 Corinthians 4:2
A steward is a person employed to manage another’s property, a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. All believers are stewards in God’s Kingdom (Ephesians 2:10, 4:8-12). God has given each believer a job to do and our text (above) shows us that the key quality of a successful steward is faithfulness.
Faithfulness is that quality of doing what is required regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves. A faithful witness declares the goodness of God inside of church (when it is easy) AND outside of church (when it is hard). A faithful missionary declares the Gospel whether there are a few or there are many. A faithful child does the will of The Father when everyone is around AND when everyone is gone.
It is our faithful obedience to God, in the face of monotony and/or adversity, that reveals the true condition of our character.
In the Matthew 25, Jesus showed us that it is the faithfulness of preparation (parable of the wise and the foolish virgins), the faithfulness of application (parable of the talents) and the faithfulness of brotherly affection (parable sheep and the goats) that identify authentic Believers and gain approval of the Master.
God is not concerned about the height of the ‘tower’ we build, but He is concerned with how we build it. Did we carefully follow His plan, toiling day-by-day until we accomplished the task? Or, did we follow our own plan: working on our own time chasing after the glory of man rather than the glory of God?
In Babylon, Daniel and his friends (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) remained faithful to God; abiding by the teachings of His word while everyone else compromised their faith (Daniel 1:5-8). And God rewarded them for their faithfulness to Him (Daniel 1:17-21).
Therefore, as we serve God, in whatever way He has called us, let us keep in mind that God does not measure the size or the celebrity of our ministry; God measures our faithfulness to the ministry He gave us.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much… ~ Luke 16:10a