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Daily Devotional: Wednesday, January 3 - How Will Your Tombstone Read?

“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” — 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

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When I was young, I didn’t often think about how others would remember me. I was busy living life: playing pro baseball, getting married, starting a family, going on mission trips overseas, experiencing different cultures while sharing the Gospel. I was young and had many years yet ahead of me.

As I have aged and matured spiritually, I now realize that how I live my life is how others will remember me. When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, he, like me, had more of his life behind him than ahead of him. He wanted the Corinthians to know what truly mattered to him and how he desired others to view him. “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2).

Being a servant has not necessarily been considered a position one would strive to obtain, yet Paul wanted all to know that he was a servant of Christ. As Christ’s servant, he was determined to be a faithful steward, or overseer, of the Master’s purpose and possessions. Paul wrote at least 13 books of the New Testament to proclaim to you and me the mysteries of God.

How will your tombstone read? As a servant of Christ? As a faithful steward of the mysteries of God? Like Paul, the choice is ours to make.

— Mickey Weston, Chicago White Sox chaplain

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