Vs. 2, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” Paul continues his subject on servants. Remember the context: The Corinthians were comparing the leaders of the church and fighting amongst themselves who was right. Paul reminds them a true servant is simply obedient to his Master. A true servant does not let what others think of him/her affect his ministry that God has given. They were to honor and obey the leaders God had given them, but they were not supposed to compare. Their arrogance got to Paul and he showed them that boasting was wrong and it was better to be a servant/slave. Paul could have been a strong & powerful Rabbi in the church, but he took on the simple servanthood of Christ. While Jesus told us to call no man on earth Father (Matt 23:9)…Paul does us the picture of a father regarding the servants of Christ. They should have respected Paul more and listened to him, but they were like rebellious children while their father was away.
Regarding application…Imitate. Vs. 16, “Therefore I urge you to imitate me.” They say imitation is the biggest form of flattery. What that means is that when you start acting like the people you hang out with…you imitate them for some reason…usually because you want to become that way. Paul would in the most humble of ways state this exhortation to them. Think about it…you would have to be pretty confident in your walk with the Lord to tell others to imitate your walk in the Lord. Paul was able to confidently say such a thing because he put forth effort to be the father figure of the early churches.
You probably don’t even realize it…but you often imitate the people you hang out with the most. If a teenager hangs out more with his school friends than his Church family…more than likely he will talk like the world. If a teenager puts forth effort in the church, they will more than likely begin to imitate the people from church. Of course, it is our ultimate goal to imitate Christ. But remember, we are respresentatives of Christ in this world. When you see a tangible thing like a person who loves Jesus and shows it in their life….it would be a wise thing to imitate them because Jesus is so evident in their lives. Pray that you would not only imitate Christians who walk with the Lord…but you would be trailblazing Christian who helps others to follow your steps as you walk with the Lord!