Hebrews 10:23 says “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised”. The reason we can stand firm on The Word of God and not doubt, is because Jesus is faithful. Faithful means you can be trusted; it means you can be counted on; it means you’re reliable and honest. Praise God Jesus is faithful! He is a faithful witness (Rev 1:5); He is a faithful High Priest (Heb 2:17); He is a faithful Creator (1 Pt 4:19, Jn 1:3). In fact, His very Name is Faithful And True (Rev 19:11). 1 Thess 5:24 says “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it”. Our Lord and Savior is faithful indeed.
We as Christians ought to be faithful like Jesus. Faithfulness should be a characteristic that marks us out as Believers. We must be faithful to God in our devotion to His Word and prayer. We must be faithful to our spouses; not just physically, as in not committing adultery (Ex 20:14), but with our hearts and eyes, as well (Mt 5:28, Job 31:1). We must be faithful to our children, to train them up in the ways of God (Dt 11:18-20, Prv 22:6). We need to be faithful in our church: In attending (Heb 10:25); in serving (2 Tim 2:2); in giving (Mal 3:10, Heb 7:8). We should be faithful in our jobs, as well (Col 3:17,23).
Proverb 20:6 says “Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man, who can find?”. We want to be the faithful people that can be found. So many times we just want to “get by”; but I encourage you to strive for excellence! Do you want to be an average saint, or do you want to be counted with the faithful brethren (Eph 1:1, Col 1:2, Rev 17:14)? Some men specifically called faithful in The Bible are: Moses (Num 12:7); Shelemiah, Zadok, Pediah, Hanan (Neh 13:13); Daniel (Dan 6:4); Timothy (1 Cor 4:17); Epaphras (Col 1:17); Tychicus (Col 4:7); and Silvanus (1 Pt 5:12). I pray we would all want to be found on that list; and that we would all long to hear these words from King Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant….enter thou into the joy of the Lord!” (Mt 25:23)
Some recent statistics I obtained said 80% of full time ministers quit within five years; and over 90% don’t make it to retirement! Those numbers seemed over the top to me; but even if it’s 50%, that is still terrible. Faithfulness is what will keep you doing what God has called you to do, no matter what it is. The Scriptures say that it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful (1Cor 4:2). Notice it doesn’t say gifted, talented, charismatic, good-looking, etc. No, it says faithful. Your gifts and talents may keep you going for a season; but faithfulness is what is needed to finish the race. The Apostle Paul said God put him in the ministry because He counted him faithful (1Tim 1:12).
Start by being faithful now in the little things. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ll start being faithful when you succeed, or when you get promoted, or when you move, or when you have the money. You won’t! Faithfulness has nothing to do with circumstances. You’re either faithful, or you’re not. If Joseph had not been faithful in serving his father; then serving Potiphar; then serving the keeper of the prison: do you really think he would have been faithful as second in command of all of Egypt? I think not. Because Joseph was faithful in that which was least, he was entrusted with much (Lk 16:10-12).
There are many great benefits to being faithful. God said He would preserve the faithful (Ps 31:23); His eyes are upon the faithful (Ps 101:6); and the faithful man abounds with blessings (Pro 28:20). Promotion comes with faithfulness. Let us be faithful people: people that can be counted on; that can be trusted; that are consistent and reliable. Let us be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ, even unto death (Rev 2:10). Until next time, rejoice in the Lord!