The most valuable thing that we as human beings possess is trust or faithfulness between persons. This is also our most fragile possession. The NIV rendering of 1 Corinthians 4:2 is “Those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” We might define faithfulness as “love that lasts,” that can survive tests and difficulties.
We talk more about love than about faithfulness, but what is love without faithfulness? What is God’s love for us without faithfulness? What is our love of one another without faithfulness? What is our love of God without faithfulness?
We are surrounded by instances of apparent human failures to be trustworthy: broken contracts, unpaid bills, failed marriages, broken political promises. Sometimes we have promised too soon or too easily. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances—illness, job loss, a bad investment—are the cause for failures to keep a promise or trust. But sometimes there is no excuse. We simply have failed to be what we can be.
Just as God has been faithful toward us, we, who are created in God’s image, can be more faithful in our dealings with God and with one another. As stewards of God’s mysteries, may we seek forgiveness when have we promised more than we should have and when have we broken promises that we could have kept. May we also be mindful of the promises have we made to God.
This stewardship story is from the Found Faithful Companion Resource. The Found Faithful theme is based on 1 Corinthians 4:2 and how we can be faithful in little, with much, and with all.
Use the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine volume 15, Theme Materials, and Companion Resource to create a congregational stewardship emphasis using the Found Faithful theme.