Day 4

The Faithful Manager

from the 1 & 2 Corinthians reading plan

1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Zephaniah 2:3, 1 Peter 5:5

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Zephaniah 2:3, 1 Peter 5:5

You don’t have to have a Bible college diploma hanging on your wall. You don’t need a passport stamped from developing countries. Your name need not appear on the official list of staff members for your church. Plant your feet firmly in this truth: If you are a follower of Jesus, you are already a minister for the gospel. Because the stakes are high, this reality can paralyze us. We throw around words like “calling” and “ministry” so often, but we secretly suspect we’re somehow doing it wrong.

While confirming our assignment to be followers and leaders, Paul invites us to rest in this call. He offers us a two-word job description for ministry here in 1 Corinthians 4, inviting us to throw giftedness, opportunity, and needs into a pot, and boil ministry down to its very essence. What is ultimately required of us as ministers? To be “servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God” (v.1).

We are “managers of the mysteries of God.” Gulp! That sounds weighty, but in the same passage, Paul warns us “not to go beyond what is written” (v. 6). In other words, stick with Scripture. The mysteries of God we’re responsible to carry are the good news of the gospel and the Word of God.

Every believer—from the youngest to the oldest among us, both Bible scholars and Bible newbies—is a carrier of the good news with a shared responsibility to know and proclaim the Word. Paul is urging us, as disciples in ministry, to think of the Bible like a treasure. And it is! Like finding a cache of jewels buried in the backyard, we didn’t create this treasure, yet we get to claim it as our own as we carry it and deliver it to both the fellow believers and non-believers we rub elbows with each day.

God’s Word is a treasure because it reveals who God is. He is supreme, sufficient, spectacular, and in the full-time business of saving us from our sin. This cannot help but bend our knees and turn our hearts. As we steward God’s Word, we step into the other shoe that comes with ministry; we become servants.

We are willing to serve Christ’s Church because of all He has done for us. We are willing to serve those who don’t know Him by sharing who He is. We are willing to serve each other because we know now, deep in our guts, that none of us deserves a seat at this table. The chord we are bound to is grace, and it makes us want to share it in abundance with one another.

Regardless of your day job, no matter what titles you hold, and in spite of your sin and failures—you are a minister of the gospel if you are in Christ Jesus. His grace is your qualification. So serve faithfully and joyfully the God “who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God” (v.5). Amen.


Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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102 thoughts on "The Faithful Manager"

  1. Alicia DuBois says:

    Man, did I need this. Some days I ask myself, “what the heck am I doing?!” I can become so discombobulated and then paralyzed from overthinking and doubting myself, all the while my heart longs to serve. Thank you.

  2. Shelby says:

    Whew I needed this reading today. As little as I feel in God’s kingdom, this allows me to see that IT IS OKAY TO FEEL SMALL. I’ve always to be part of some group whose purpose was fixated on God’s and spreading his Word, I still have that but now trust that God will open the door when it’s time to have a group. I’ve tried to hold bible study for this 1&2 Corinthians at my house but no one came yet people said they were interested. Maybe this wasn’t my season, I’ll try again. I have to remember that what I am doing is enough to God. A group of women to study with me physically, will come in God’s time. Being a part of a group to spread the Word, will come in God’s time.

  3. Elizabeth Weddle says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today. What a hopeful and powerful message. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. The Lord is working through each one of you at She Reads Truth. ❤️

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      We’re so glad that you’re reading along with us Elizabeth and grateful that you’re a part of our community! -Margot, The SRT Team

  4. Rachel Hilliard says:

    I needed to hear this. This study has been amazing so far!

  5. Corina Ross says:

    Grace !

  6. Emily M. says:

    Wow this is so timely for me right now. I just arrived in a middle eastern country for a medical mission trip, and am feeling so unqualified to help spiritually. Needed this reminder!! God works better when I’m weak!

  7. Brigette Nelson says:

    Loved this!

  8. Zoryvett Rodriguez says:

    So good! Prayed this right after reading! Glory to Him!

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