Faithfulness: fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty; truth; veracity; strict adherence to injunctions and to duties of a station; strict performance of promises; vows to covenants; consistency in affection [Noah Webster – 1828 Dictionary]
Is faithfulness really all that important? We live in a corrupt world and faithfulness doesn’t seem to be a priority among the masses, even among Christians. Why is that? Let me elaborate.
As born-again Christians, we purport to love the Lord with all our hearts and to honor Him as God. But do we really do that? We expect faithfulness from God in all that He does, but when it comes to us, we don’t hold ourselves to the same standard. That is totally wrong and obstructs the blessings of God in our lives.
Faithfulness has to do with faith and without faith it’s impossible to please God. Faith believes that what God has said is true and then walks in that truth.
So how do we nurture faithfulness in our lives? We first have to make a commitment to wanting to be faithful and then live it out step by step. If God can’t trust us because of unfaithfulness, why would we even think He would increase us and promote us?
- Are you faithful in putting God first place in your life? Do you read and study His Word to find out Who He is and how to live the way He has ordained for you to live?
- Are you faithful on your job?
- Are you faithful in your relationships?
- Are you faithful in your marriage and family?
- Are you faithful in tithes and offerings?
- How about more love, joy, peace in your life? Yes, they’re in your re-born spirit but if you’re not walking in faithfulness, your heart will condemn you and you will have a hard time trying to release the fruit of your spirt into your life. [Gal. 5:22-23]
Luke 16:10-12 (KJV) 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
You see, brothers and sisters, God is very interested in the little things that you do because if you’re not faithful in the little things, you’ll never be faithful in the big things. Little is much when God is in it.
The opposite is true that if you’re faithful in the little things, God can trust you with bigger things. That’s how He tests and proves you.
Most of us know the right thing to do but we don’t always do it. Why? Because we don’t honor God and His Word the way we should. It’s not a priority with many people and that’s the problem. If everyone who calls themselves a born-again Christian really got into the Word of God and did what it said, what a change it would be in their lives!
Being faithful to God is being faithful to His word!
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV) 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Timothy 2:13 (KJV) 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.