Let every one, according as he hath received a gift, minister it to others, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
LET a man so account of us, as the under servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
And the Lord said, Who indeed is a faithful steward, and prudent, whom the lord will place over his household, to give them their proportion of provision at the proper season?
For who distinguisheth thee? and what hast thou which thou hast not received? But if thou also hast received it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
For a bishop ought to be irreproachable, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not irritable, not addicted to wine, not quarrelsome, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Even as the Son of man came not to be waited upon, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached through the whole world for a testimony to all the nations: and then shall come the final close.
For then the tribulation will be great, such as never was from the beginning of the world, and never more shall be.
Who then is the faithful and provident servant, whom his Lord hath appointed over his household, to give them meat in the proper time?
For the case is like that of a man, who travelling abroad, called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
For the Son of man came not to be waited upon, but to be a servant, and to give his life a ransom for many.
And Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's lieutenant-governor, and Susanna, and many others, who ministred to his support out of their possessions.
THEN said he also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and he received an information against him, as having dissipated his treasures.
And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten manehs, and said unto them, Employ yourselves in traffic, till I come back.
Having then different gifts according to the grace which is given unto us, if it be prophecy, speak according to the analogy of faith;
But I am now going to Jerusalem, to carry alms to the saints.
They have been so pleased indeed, and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been admitted to a participation in their spiritual things, they ought also to minister to them in carnal things.
According to the grace of God given unto me, as a skilful architect, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every one take heed how he buildeth upon it.
But there are diversities of gifts, though the same Spirit.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was given to me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
WE then as labourers with him, exhort you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain:
NOW concerning the contribution for the saints, it is superfluous for me to write unto you.
To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
And he himself appointed, some indeed apostles, and some prophets; and others preachers of the Gospel; and others pastors and teachers;
The Lord grant that he may find mercy with the Lord in the great day; and how liberally he ministered to me at Ephesus, thou knowest better than any other person.
For God is not unjust, to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have demonstrated in his name, having ministered assistance to the saints, and still ministering.