And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. (2 Samuel 11:14-15)
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. (Proverbs 25:13)
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
The Ability of Reliability
Think about what you would look for in a person if you needed something done. What if it was a matter of life or death? Would you entrust the life of your child to a stranger, or to someone that you knew was not trustworthy? God has something that He wants done, and it is a matter of life or death for His entire creation. God has a message for everyone to hear that can save the one who receives it from an eternity in torment. He is looking for people that He can be sure will deliver that message to this world. These are the people He will entrust that message to.
What this reliability really boils down to is faithfulness. In the first passage, we see the faithfulness of a man named Uriah. Now the name Uriah may not be too familiar, but his wife’s name, Bathsheba, probably is. In the events leading up to this passage, King David had committed adultery with her while Uriah was out fighting in a war. David’s adultery led to Bathsheba getting pregnant, so David sent for Uriah from the war to cover up his sin. When Uriah refused to go home to his wife out of respect for his fellow soldiers, David had to come up with another plan, and decided to get rid of Uriah by having him abandoned in battle. In order to get a message to his captain, he sent the message by the hand of the man that would be going back to the war anyway, Uriah. David had so much faith in Uriah that he sent Uriah’s death warrant in his own hand to Joab, the captain. Uriah unfailingly delivered the message to Joab despite the fact that it meant his own death.
When a man sends out a messenger, he wants the message being delivered and delivered properly. When he sends out a messenger who has proven himself to be faithful and trustworthy, he can be relived to know that the message will be delivered properly. He does not have to worry because he knows that the messenger is trustworthy. In I Corinthians 4:1, we are told that we all are stewards of a message: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, in order to be used in a great way as a steward, we must prove ourselves faithful in delivering that message to everyone that we can. Remember that the message that you are carrying is a matter of life and death for the entire world. You would not give a bag of diamonds to someone that you had just met, but you would give it to your best friend. If you want to be greatly used as a messenger of God, you must first prove yourself reliable.
- Are you a reliable messenger of the good news of Jesus Christ?
- Are you faithful to deliver the message that God has entrusted to you, or have you not delivered the message?
- Ask God to help you be a faithful messenger as you seek to be greatly used by Him.