Friday, February 7, 2014

Be Faithful

But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s
house. And, we are his house, if we hold
to our courage and the hope of which we
boast.                         Hebrews 3:6 NIV  

     The New Testament Greek word translated into our English word faithful tells us that faithfulness is a belief or trust—with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow. As a Christian, faithfulness is a firm conviction that God is working and acting on my behalf.

     Recently, I have had several opportunities to see the work of faithfulness in the lives of others. I have witnessed loyalty to friends and dependability to carry out responsibilities—wives caring for husbands and husbands caring for wives. I have been reminded of a Charles Dickens quote from his book  Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

     And isn’t that when true faithfulness is made apparent—in the worst of times! Proverbs 3:3 tells us to “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

     In the worst of times, faithfulness rises to the top like the sweetest crème or sinks to the bottom revealing the superficiality of one’s belief. Jesus expressed His view of faithfulness when addressing a group of scribes and Pharisees. In Matthew 23:23 He told them, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law; justice and mercy and faithfulness.”

     So in the midst of our politically correct charged society, we must remain faithful to our belief in the One and Only true Jehovah God I AM! There is no room for error on this matter. Jesus is Lord! We either believe all the way or not at all, and our belief should be displayed by our faithfulness to be and act the way God would have us be and act!

     We cannot straddle the yellow line down the middle of the road. We cannot claim the name of Christ then go about our daily lives living like those who do not know Jesus. Others are watching your life and mine. What will they see? Faithfulness?

     Revelation 2:10 tells us to Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” That promise is eternal. In good times, bad times and in-between times, my prayer is that God will strengthen you and me and give us tenacity as we continue to be faithful. 

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

© Joyce Powell

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