2Timothy 2:1-3 says, "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." Last week we started to talk about being a soldier of fortune, or a soldier of Jesus Christ, whose true fortune awaits him in heaven. We focused on verse one last week, which taught us that a good soldier should be strong in the Lord. This week we will look at verse two, which says that a good soldier should be faithful and teach the faithful. Let's get into God's Word.
In Col 1:2, Paul starts his letter off by addressing two types of people: The saints, and the faithful brethren. All true believers in Christ Jesus are called saints; but not all are called faithful brethren. Faithfulness is sadly lacking in the world today – and in the church, as well. However, this is not a new problem. In Psalm 12:1, David cries, “Help Lord! For the godly man ceases, and the faithful fail from among the children of men.” King Solomon like wise said, “Most men will proclaim their own goodness; but a faithful man, who can find?” Such is our state today in the church. Many have boasts and claims, visions and ideas; but where are the faithful? Where are those that are consistent, steadfast, trustworthy – year in and year out? Where are the rock solid? Where are those that can hold a lot of weight? Where are those pillars? We find ourselves asking – as David and Solomon did.
As Christians, the number one reason we should be faithful, is because Jesus is faithful. The word faithful is used to describe Jesus many times in The Bible. Yet, while pleasing God is the first and best reason to be faithful as Jesus was, there are other benefits to being faithful, such as: 1. The Lord preserves the faithful (Ps 31:23) 2. The Lord's eyes are upon the faithful (Ps 101:6). 3. He saves the faithful (those that believe, 1Tim 4:10) 4. The faithful man abounds with blessings (Prv 28:20). You see, it is to our benefit to be faithful people.
Does faithful describe you? When your name is mentioned, does it bring up the word “faithful”? Sadly, many Christians are very unfaithful. They are unfaithful in their marriage. They are unfaithful on the job. They are unfaithful in the church. They cannot be counted on for anything. Their word means nothing. This should not be the case! Our word should be trustworthy! We should mean what we say, and say what we mean! We should be early, not always late! We should be disciplined! We should be consistent! We should be faithful to our spouse! Faithful to our company! Faithful to our church! Faithful to our God! I want to be named with the faithful! Do you want to be named with the faithful? Start being faithful.
Here are some that are called faithful in the Bible: Jesus (Rev 1:5), Moses (Heb 3:5), David (1Sam 22:14), Hanani and Hananiah (Neh 7:2), Shelemiah, Zadok, Pedaiah, Hanan (Neh 13:13), Uriah & Zechariah (Isa 8:2), Daniel (Dan 6:4), Timotheus (1Cor 4:17), Tychicus (Eph 6:21), Epaphras (Col 1:7), Onesimus (Col 4:9), Paul (1Tim 1:12), Silvanus (1Pt 5:12), and Antipas (Rev 2:13). It only took me a few minutes to type these names, but it took these people months and years of being trustworthy, faithful, consistent, and committed to be on this list.
You see, if you are ever going to be entrusted with anything of significance by God, then you must show yourself faithful. God cannot promote you if you are not faithful in the small things (Lk 16:10-12). Why? Because he cares too much for you, and for others you might effect, to entrust an unfaithful person with anything. However, if you do prove yourself faithful, great reward comes as a result (Lk 19:17). Faithfulness is not an option. It's not a side note or after thought. It is required! If you going to be a steward, you must be found faithful (1Cor 4:2)! We need to do all that we do faithfully (3Jn 5). Why? Because the faithful end up with Jesus (Rev 17:14).
When we are faithful, we then need to entrust the principles of God's Word to other faithful men – and they in turn to other faithful men. This is discipleship. But we must first be found faithful – then we can teach others. Let us dare to be different than the world. Let us be trustworthy. Let us be honest. Let us be faithful in all things. I pray we lead lives that will cause us to hear at the end of our life these words from Jesus: Well done, my good and faithful servant! Enter in to the joy of the Lord! Until next time, rejoice in the Lord!