Translated from El-Kerazah Magazine,
Vols. 15-16, 1996
The Importance of Loyalty:
entrusts us with the particular mission of ministering his children and
He asks us to be honest: "Who then is that faithful and wise steward
his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their
meat (spirituality) in due season (appropriate to the age)" (Luke ).
Lord told each of the good and faithful servants who entered Heaven,
done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a
things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the
joy of the
Lord" (Matthew 25:21, 23). Thus God spoke to the one who received five
talents, to the one who received only two and to all who traded and
By "a few things," He means the responsibilities in our lives. By the
expression "many things," the Lord inspires us to earn Eternal Life.
About the extent of honesty in service, the Lord Jesus declared, "Be
faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Revelation ). The servant must be
and loyal to his service even till death. St. Paul the Apostle said, "So then
death worketh in
us, but life in you." How does this work? "For we which live are
always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake ..."(II Corinthians , 11).
The Holy Bible
proves the honesty
that our Fathers the Apostles exercised.
Lord entrusted them to preach and to serve everywhere. In about 30
witnessed "both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the
earth" (Acts 1: 8). They witnessed in the East, in North
Asia, in Greece,
even in West Spain and Southern Egypt.
They were faithful
in their service
to the degree that they endured all persecution and affliction.
stood before kings, emperors and judges; they were tried, imprisoned
whipped. "They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing
they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name" (Acts ). Jesus told them,
time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God
service" (John 16: 2). "In journey soften..., in perils, in the
wilderness, in perils in the sea... in weariness and painfulness, in
often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often" (II Corinthians , 27).
Their faithfulness is eminent in
their concern for everyone.
afflictions in personal and in group service saying, "Beside those
that are without that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the
Who is weak and I am not weak? Who is offended, and I burn not?" (II
Corinthians 28, 29)
The heroes in faith are also
counted as honest servants.
Athanasius the apostolic was severely persecuted by Jairus and exiled
his rank four times for defending his faith. In exile, he toured,
confirmed people in their true faith and abolished all doubt implanted
heretics. Thus, he constituted a school of saints that defended their
which reached us in all authenticity and distinguished them in all
David the prophet is another
example on honesty in service.
said adequately, "Surely I will not come in the tabernacle of my house,
nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes or slumber to
eyelids, until I find out a place for the Lord, a habitation for the
of Jacob" (Psalms 132:3-5). When God did not allow him to build his
David still prepared what was needed so that his son can construct it
complications (I Chronicles 29).
would be beneficial for oneself to say, “I will not come in my
will not sleep until I prepare a place for God in the heart of each of
students and each person God puts me in contact with.”
The Elements of Honesty:
must a servant do to be honest in his service? The elements of this
Honesty in knowing the children
to be served: He must know
all the children in the church boundaries, the children in Sunday
classes, their friends, neighbors and relatives. He becomes familiar
church membership list or the list from school. It is important to seek
soul and to encourage everyone to enter the church, and from there to
Honesty in visits: When a student is absent, the teacher does not
rest until he finds out the reason for his absence, ensures his return
regular attendance, and asks his best friends to encourage him. When a
was lost, Christ the Lord left the other 99 and went to look for it
found it. He then carried it on his shoulders, rejoicing (Luke 15).
Honesty in lesson planning: One who neglects the planning of his lesson
will not teach the children beneficially; the information he gives is
superficial and disorganized. The honest servant gives an exciting
of information, adapted to the children's mentality, illustrated by
Conscientiousness in explaining
and teaching the children: A faithful
teacher uses good methods to enrich the student's mentality;
he asks them questions and organizes discussions for review. He ensures
all students have a complete grasp of the lesson, memorize a verse or
study a hymn.
Punctuality: The careless servant may miss some classes, or
he may come late; therefore he causes disturbance not only to the
also to the person in charge. But the reliable servant has a sincere
relation with his children. He is eager to meet with them and hence, he
Devotion in prayers for the
children served: Many
of the children served need prayers, whether they ask or not: the
children, the sick, the absent or the ones with special needs. They all
God to intervene in their lives through the servant's fervent prayers
The prophet Samuel's said, "Moreover, as for me, God forbid that I
sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you
and the right way" (I Samuel ).
Omitting the prayers for the students is a "sin against the Lord."
Loyalty in spiritual life: The spiritual life of the teacher has an
impact on his students. They will imitate or criticize his errors. In
the students are at a disadvantage. The teacher must be a positive
them. The teacher's spirituality is important for his eternal life and
It is a responsibility. God will ask us about the souls He entrusted us. He will ask
of us to "give an account of the stewardship" (Luke 16:2). Or He will
say, "where is Abel thy brother?" (Genesis 4:9). What will our answer
to the Lord be? Hopefully it will be as Christ the Lord said to the
"I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do," “and I
have declared unto them Thy name and will declare it, that the love
thou hast loved me may be in them” (John 17:4, 26).
The soul is precious. God entrusted you with these children. You may be their only
teacher. If you are neglectful, what will happen to these souls? Christ
for each one of them, and He redeemed each by His own blood. With
integrity, we must take care of these souls, bring them closer to God,
them the truth, save them from all doubt, answer their questions like
the Baptist "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke
1:17) and "prepare the Lord's way in these hearts." (Mark 1:2, 3).
Serving others is serving God
Himself. It is the work of God and a
His kingdom. St. Paul
said, "Ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building" (I Corinthians
3:9). Those you teach are the children of God. You are just His
the education of these children, preparing the vine for its Master
21). Be wary of resembling the wicked husbandmen to whom the Lord said,
of God shall be
from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof”
You have the duties of a
Godparent. Right after Baptism, the
mother is given her
child back. She thus becomes a Godmother. Often, she does not perform
adequately. She delegates the responsibility to the Sunday School
Evidently, the teacher is administered this responsibility by the
family and by the Church; he must study the duties of the Godparent and
loyal to perform these duties.