Let a man so account of us...
I recently asked the question, “How do you want to be remembered?”
On Saturday, January 16, South Charlotte Baptist Church lost a man who, while he will be remembered for many things...
NBT Preschool missionary teacher
South Charlotte Baptist Academy Greeter
Sunday school teacher
However, Ron will most be remembered as a faithful servant of God.
…As of the ministers of Christ...
The word minister in this verse is not the typical word which we generally think of. It is the Greek word hyperetas which carries with it the idea of being an under rower.
Picture with me a Roman galley ship where, in the lower decks, were rows upon rows of slaves, hands to the oars, simply rowing.
Ron didn’t consider himself to be important. As Colossians 3:4 states...
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Ron never sought attention. He was a quiet man who typically kept to himself and simply served Christ. To Ron, it was all about Christ. Ron was simply a minister of Christ.
…And stewards of the mysteries of God...
A steward is an individual who has been given a responsibility.
The mysteries of God refers, in a general sense, to the message of the Cross - the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ron understood that he had been given a responsibility, the responsibility to share the Gospel. Recently, I was reminded of this:
This Christmas, the church family gave my family and I a very generous gift. This gift was presented to us in a card that had been signed by many of the church family. In this card, Ron wrote:
“Thank you for all you do at SCBC/SCBA. May many be saved through your ministry.”
Moreover it is required in stewards...
Ron’s life should serve as a challenge to each of us.
What is that challenge?
…That a man be found faithful.
From Heaven, I believe that Ron is saying to all of us, “Be faithful to proclaim the Gospel message!”
Cicero, the Roman philosopher, said:
“Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”
By that statement, I would say that Ron Faulk was a noble man!
What made Ron so faithful?
Ron’s faithfulness was built upon a firm belief in God and God’s Word which was seen in his life - how he talked, his attitude, and his behavior.
How can we demonstrate that same faithfulness?
Build your life upon a firm belief in the Truth! Our Biblical faithfulness will only be developed as our relationship with the Truth is developed. That firm belief will eventually be seen in how you talk, in your attitude, and your behavior.
Will you renew your commitment to being a faithful steward?
Will you determine to encourage others in their faithfulness to the Truth?