This speaks of a reliable and steadfast nature that is rooted in following through with what we say we will do and in staying committed to the cause whatever that may be.
It requires being focused, trustworthy and loyal to the cause. We achieve this by staying committed and in continued submission to Christ and His word. We are obedient to the yielding of the Holy Spirit and are committed to following through the foundations laid by His Word.
One thing I know for sure, is that God is faithful! In sharp contrast to the feeble nature of human beings. We can try our very best to be faithful in our human understanding yet we it can be difficult to commit for the long haul.
But we have a Heavenly Father that’s faithful to us regardless of our faithlessness. It’s a part of his nature that he cannot abandon his children or a project. Everything we have ever needed at every point in time God has shown up for us.Tweet
Faithful God to Faithless People
Do you ever remember singing that song
That is what comes to mind when I think of the faithfulness of God. Not like the faithfulness of man but God is ever steadfast, every sure and ALWAYS shows up all the time AND at the right time. God exists outside the confines of any restrictions. He is an uncreated creator therefore He does no have the human fallacies we as human beings have that sometimes makes us lose faith or makes us decrease in our commitments. God is fully committed to us.
“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Psalms 36:5 NLT
God helps no punches or has any reservations when it comes to us as His children. We see God’s faithfulness to the Israelites. The beauty of God’s sovereignty is that He is in control and does as He pleases. And we already established last week that ultimately God is good. Therefore all that He does is ultimately for our good.
In Deuteronomy 28 we see that God is faithful to His Word above all. He told his people these are my commandments and my decrees, you keep them these are the blessings coming your way, you disobey them here are the consequences (please read it back at your own pace and leisure, this is a brief/fleeting summary).
But God isn’t just faithful when we are faithful. This bible chapter shows that above all else God is faithful to His word and exactly as he said was what he did to the Israelites back in the day.
This same God of the Old Testament still has that faithful attribute even though the consequences has become a little bit buffered because and through the person of Jesus Christ.
We still remember that obedience is required for faithful living.
Jesus Christ: Faithful Servant
This is seen most clearly (I feel like I have said this in every fruit of the spirit breakdown but it is absolutely true!), in the person of Jesus Christ. He was faithful to the end. Even till going to death on a cross for our sake.
Hebrews 3:6 (NIV)
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory
Jesus Christ as our example was firmly rooted and had his foundation in God. He was faithful over God’s House meaning ‘He don’t play about his Father’s business‘. He ensured that he was faithful in doing everything God called Him to do. His role as Son over God’s House means He is our authority figure. If we indeed are God’s House as the Church then that means we are to hold onto His example that it is possible to be faithful as well.
May God help us to be faithful in all our commitments. To be faithful servants in His house, faithful workers and stewards, faithful children, faithful spouses, faithful parents and faithful students.Tweet
Faithfulness requires Humility
We cannot faithfulness by ourselves. Despite all our unfaithfulness God remains faithful to us all. He is faithful to us but also faithful to Himself and to his nature.
"If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is." 2 Timothy 2:13
He cannot deny Himself. We need to submit to God totally in order to share in the rich blessings and glory of being known as his faithful servant.
Who doesn’t want to hear at the end of this life journey
"Well done, my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful in handling the small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!" Matthew 25:23
That story in Matthew 25 showcases perfectly how faithfulness works. It’s not a case of we are faithful and we get rewarded and that’s the end. It starts from a place of understanding and realizing that whatever God has placed us as stewards over is a great responsibility. It isn’t base on our ability or what we think of ourselves. We have been called to a higher assignment and we trust that the One that assigned us to it will provide the necessary skills and resources to bring it to fruition. Our job as faithful servants is to invest the seeds he has given to us. To reap bountiful fruits for His kingdom. The result then becomes that He gives us more responsibilities not so we can boast but because;
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities." Luke 16:10 NLT
If our aim is to be more like Jesus Christ who was faithful to the very end ensuring that he completed his mission on Earth and went to the cross no matter how difficult and painful it was. We can harness the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to ensure we are faithful to complete the greater mission God has placed us on earth to do. Be like the faithful servants in Matthew 25: 20-23:
1. Face Your own work
2. Place your focus on your kingdom assignment and talent
3. Run your race with endurance and invest in God’s investments in you
4. Bring forth fruitful returns and always submit it back to the Master
Charles Spurgeon – Faithful to Christ