Today I want to look at a subject called faithfulness. There is so much that we can say about faithfulness, because it is one of the greatest keys to enter our calling and destiny and experience the blessings of God. We read in Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound in blessings.” Not only does God bless us when we are faithful, but He will bless us abundantly.
What is faithfulness?
Firstly, to be faithful, is to be trustworthy. Other can trust us with responsibilities and possessions. We will not steal from them or take advantage of them. Furthermore, we read in Proverbs 11:13, “A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” This means that others can confide in us and we will be careful how we talk to others about them.
Secondly, A faithful person is an honest person. Honesty is a subject on its own, but a faithful person does not lie or exaggerate. It says in Proverbs 14:5, “A faithful witness will not lie.” Honesty is not only limited to what we say, but also in what we do. For example, in how we handle our finances.
Thirdly, a faithful person is a stable person. A stable person does not fluctuate in his commitments or responsibilities. For example, one week he goes to church, the next week he stays at home. People will always know where they stand with them. They will always be there when people need them. Stable stick to their commitments and are not easily controlled by their circumstances. The Bible says that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is faithful and stable and will always be there when we need Him.
One of the most important reasons why faithfulness is so important, is because God is faithful.
Let us look at a number of verses:
– 1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Faithfulness is His very nature. We read in Lamentations 3:23, “Great is Your faithfulness.” God is not only faithful, He is very faithful. His faithfulness goes far beyond the limits of man’s faithfulness. In fact we read in Psalm 36:5 it says, Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.“
We read in 1 Peter 2:6 we read, “And whoever believes in him will certainly not be disappointed.” (TPT) We can always “rely on Him and trust Him, no matter what happens, because He is faithful! He will always be there for us. He said to the Children of Israel in Joshua 1:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” He is totally dependable!
Furthermore, His faithfulness is not conditional to our faithfulness or performance. We read in 2 Timothy 2:19, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” The Passion Translation says that, “He never wavers in his faithfulness to us!” He is always faithful, He cannot be otherwise – it is who He is!
Therefore, the reason why we can have faith in God, is because He is faithful. We read about Sarah in Hebrews 11:11 “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed… because she judged Him faithful Who had promised.” It is not the size of our faith that is important, but the size of His faithfulness. When we truly believe in our hearts that God is faithful, we will have confidence to believe in Him for miracles and answers to prayers. Furthermore, we can have assurance of salvation because God is faithful and He will keep His promises. We read in John 3:16, “Whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.“
There are other verses such as Revelations 19:11, where Jesus is called: “Faithful and True.” In Hebrews 2:17, Jesus is called “a merciful and faithful High Priest.” Etc. Therefore, we can put our faith in Jesus, because He is faithful and will do that what He has promised.
In Psalm 37:3 in the NKJV says “feed on His faithfulness.” The Passion Translation says, “Feasting on His faithfulness.” We should fill our hearts and minds with all the faithful things that God has done for us in the past as well as on what is written in the scriptures concerning God’s faithfulness. In Psalm 92:2 we read, “At each and every sunrise we will be thanking you for your kindness and your love. As the sun sets and all through the night, we will keep proclaiming, “You are so faithful.” (TPT)
No matter how dark the journey, we must know that the end of the road there is hope, breakthrough and blessing because God is faithful. We should never let our present circumstance deter us from the revelation of God’s faithfulness. Sarah received her miracle because “she judged Him faithful” despite the fact that her situation seemed so hopeless.
Some important principles of faithfulness:
- Faithfulness in small things:
Luke 16:10, “He that is faithful in least is faithful in much.” This speaks about being faithful in the least or being faithful in small things. God will often test us with small responsibilities before He entrusts us with big opportunities. Faithfulness in small responsibilities is often the key to big opportunities. For example, because Joseph was faithful as a slave in the house of Potiphar, God gave him the opportunity to lead a nation.
When we are faithful in the least, we will consider that which is small and unimportant as though it is big and very important. Let me give you an example from our experience. Over the past twenty years we have completed many schools of ministry in a number of countries. Some of these schools were large, some of them small. A number of years ago we were invited to start our third school of ministry in the city of Osh in the south of Kyrgyzstan. When we arrived in Osh, they only gave us 8 weak students who had a number of personal issues.
At first I was indignant because we travelled all that way at great expense to run this school. However, we decided to be faithful to that what was entrusted to us, even though it seemed small and insignificant. To cut a long story short, God really blessed this school. There were angelic visitations throughout the school, we saw many miracles. One student started a fellowship that grew to over 100 people near the Uzbekistan border. Another girl started a large group in a nearby village. These students did great things for the Lord. I believe it was because we considered that which was small and not important, as one of our most important assignments.
Faithful in the least can also refer to small areas of obedience and is often put to the test when no-one is looking. Especially what we watch, what we read and what we think about.
Jesus also spoke about being faithful in the least in the parable of the minas in Luke 19:17, where He said,“ Well done good servant, you have been faithful in a (very) little, have authority over 10 cities.” There are three important truths in this verse. This servant was given great authority and responsibility because he was faithful in that which was so small.
We have an example of this in Revelations 3:8. Jesus said to the faithful church at Philadelphia, “I know your works, see, I have set before you an open door and no one can shut it. You have little strength, have kept My word and have not denied My name.”
We notice some important characteristics of this church: First of all they were not very strong church, Jesus said to them, “You have little strength. ”Secondly, they were faithful, not only in obedience to keep His word, but also faithful to share their faith with others. They did not, “deny His name.” They were not ashamed to make a stand for Jesus.
It then goes on to say in Revelations 3:8, “I have set before you an open door.” The Lord gave them wonderful opportunities because they were faithful. Therefore, one of the most important keys to finding our calling and ministry is to be faithful in the small things that God entrusts to us. In order to find our calling and maintaining that calling we must be faithful. We read in 1 Corinthians 4:2, we read,” Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Whatever that stewardship is, faithfulness is a requirement. Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2. “And the things you have heard from me, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” God will only entrust His work to those who are faithful!
- Faithfulness with finances:
We read in Luke 16:11: “If you have not been faithful in unrighteous mammon, who will give you true riches?”
To be faithful with finances means:
Firstly, our financial affairs should be in order: The Bible says in Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything …” We should make every effort to get out of debt, return money that we have borrowed and live within our means. We do not buy things that we cannot afford!
Secondly, the importance of integrity: We have a warning in Proverbs 13:11; “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.” Money should never be earned but manipulation and deceit. It is better to earn a small salary by hard work and effort, than receive a large salary that is obtained dishonestly. The Bible says that God blesses the labor of our hands and that God’s blessing does not depend on the amount that we earn, but on the means that we use to earn it. God is able to multiply and bless a small income obtained through effort and honest labor.
Thirdly, the importance of giving, tithing and generosity: There is so much we can say about this. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:10, that God, “multiplies the seed that we sow.” I am sure that most of us have heard many sermons on the importance of giving and tithing. Tithing and giving is an important part of faithfulness. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our love for God is often demonstrated by the way we use our finances!
Going back to Luke 16:11 where Jesus said, “If you have not been faithful in unrighteous mammon, who will give you true riches?” This implies that faithfulness with finances is a key to receive true riches! True riches can mean the following: (1) The anointing and the presence of the Holy Spirit, (2) Finding our calling and destiny and experiencing the blessings of God. (3) Our rewards in heaven. For if we are faithful with “gold” on earth, we will be building with “gold” in eternity! Faithfulness with finances will open up a wonderful treasure chest of God’s blessings.
- Faithfulness in what belongs to others:
We also read in Luke 16:12. “If you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give to you your own.” This verse can mean the following::
– It means to be faithful to the local church and the ministries that God has placed in the church.
– It means to be faithful to those whom God has anointed. In Matthew 10:41, we read “If you receive (honor) a prophet in the name of the prophet, you will receive a prophet’s reward.” That is why the Bible says in Psalm 105:15: “Touch not My anointed, and do my prophets no harm!” The way we treat God’s anointed, will affect our lives!
– It means to be faithful, not only to those in “the ministry” but also to those whom God has given authority over us. It could be our employer, our president and other forms of authority.
There is a wonderful promise linked to Luke 16:12. Let us read it again, ““If you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give to you your own.” This verse implies that if we are faithful to what belongs to others, God will give us our own. This is the greatest key to receiving our calling, our ministry and our destiny.
There are many examples in the Bible. Joseph was faithful in the house of Potiphar, therefore God raised him up to lead a nation. Elisha was faithful when he served Elijah, therefore, he received Elijah’s anointing and ministry. Joshua served Moses and received Moses’ calling. Timothy served Paul and became an apostle. Etc.
The greatest reward of faithfulness will happen one day when we enter into eternity. Jesus Himself will welcome us, put His arms around us and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23) Notice, He did not say, “Good and successful servant.” The way we will spend eternity will depend on whether or not we have been faithful on earth. Jesus said to the church at Smyrna in Revelations 2:10, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.” Therefore, the cost of our faithfulness on earth cannot be compared to the great reward that we will one day receive in eternity. Faithfulness, therefore, is one of the most important keys to the Kingdom of God and to receive God’s. Amen.