Faithfulness

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.

There are three important components of the If Hebrew and Greek definitions in the Bible of the words of the words, faithfulness, faithful or faithfully:

Firstly, to be faithful, is to be trustworthy. It simply means that others can trust us to keep our word, and do what we say. Faithfulness also means that we can be entrusted with what has been assigned to us by others. We will not steal or take advantage of what belongs to them. Furthermore, trustworthiness is demonstrated on what we say about others. We read in Proverbs 11:13 we read, “A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” To be faithful means that others can confide in us and that 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, how we handle our finances.

Thirdly, a faithful person is dependable. As far as possible, we will be there when others need us even if it is sacrifice to do so. To be dependable also means that we are diligent to carry out our responsibilities. It also means that we are stable and we do not fluctuate. We are not controlled by our circumstances but by our commitment. For example, one week we go to church, the next week we stay at home. People will always know where they stand with us.

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 believe in Him and trust Him, no matter what happens, because He is faithful! He will always be there for us. He says to the Children of Israel in Joshua 1:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” No matter what happens to us, God will always be there for us. 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!

The reason why we can have faith in God, is because He is faithful. We read about Sarah in Hebrews 11:11Through 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, the only assurance that we will have eternal life when we die, is 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.”

The are many other verse in the Bible that speak about God’s faithfulness. For example, in Revelations 19:11 Jesus is called: “Faithful and True.” In Hebrews 2:17, Jesus is called “a merciful and faithful High Priest.” Etc.

Therefore, it important that we fill our minds and hearts with what the Bible says about God’s faithfulness as well as meditatie on the faithfulness that God has shown to us in the past. In Psalm 37:3 it says “feed on His faithfulness.” (NKJV) The Passion Translation says, “Feasting on His 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. Just as Sarah, who was in a hopeless situation, received her miracle, because “she judged Him faithful.”

We will look at a number of scriptures that speak about faithfulness:

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 are often the key to big opportunities. For example, Joseph was faithful as a slave in the house of Potiphar, before 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 week students with a number of personal issues.

At first I was indignant because we travelled to Osh at great expense to do this school. However, we decided to be faithful in that which was small. 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.

Firstly, faithfulness can lead to an increase in our experience of our spiritual authority. Secondly, Faithfulness on earth, will affect our rewards in eternity. We will one day reign and rule with Christ in the Millennium. Our assignment will depend on our faithfulness on earth. Thirdly, faithfulness leads to influence. Our faithfulness in the local church, can be a key to reach a city or community for Christ.

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 here, that this was not a large or a strong church, Jesus said to them, “You have little strength.” However, they were a faithful church. Jesus said to them, “you have kept My word.” They were faithful in obeying the word of God.

He then goes on to say, “You have not denied my name.” They were faithful in telling others able Jesus and making a stand for His name. Sharing our faith with others is one of the most important areas of faithfulness that God is looking for. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Unfortunately, there are so many who call themselves Christians, who put no effort into reaching the lost for Christ. Paul warned Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:8, “Do not be ashamed of the testimony our Lord.”

We also read in Revelations 3:8, “I have set before you an open door.” The Lord gave them wonderful opportunities because they were faithful, especially in acknowledging Christ before others. Therefore, one of the most important keys to finding our calling and destiny, is to be faithful in sharing our faith with others.

Faithfulness is also the door through which we enter into our calling and assignment in life, whether it is Christian ministry or in the business field. 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 says 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.” Faithfulness is not only a door into our assignment, but give us a platform to carry out that assignment. In other words, we must practice what we preach. If we want to motivate others to soul-winning, we ourselves must be faithful in soul-winning. We can apply this to many other areas, such as, tithing, forgiveness, holiness, etc.

We have another important area of faithfulness mentioned in Luke 16:11: “If you have not been faithful in unrighteous mammon, who will give you true riches?” This speaks about faithfulness with our finances. This is a big subject but to summarize:

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. The 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.” We have all listened to countless sermons on tithing and giving and we know that we need to be faithful in giving and tithing. The ten percent that we tithe, brings a blessing and protection on that what belongs to us. It is better to have 90 percent with God’s blessing than 100 percent without God’s blessing. I have noticed, that those who are blessed and greatly used by God, are those who are generous with their finances.

The Bible says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) Our love for God is often demonstrated by the way we use our finances! Furthermore Luke 16:11, also speaks about true riches! Faithfulness with money is the key to receive true riches. These could be: (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. If we are faithful with “gold” on earth, we will be building with “gold” in eternity! Etc.

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 speaks about faithfulness in what God has entrusted to others. This is one of the ways that we enter into our destiny and calling: We can apply this as follows:

  • We need to be faithful to the local church and the ministries that God has placed in the church. For example when we go to church, pay our tithes and serve in the local church, we are being faithful in that what belongs to others.
  • We need 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 prophets reward.” The prophets reward can be the anointing on the prophet or the fruits of their ministry. 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!
  • This is not only limited 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.

The verse also says, “who will give to you your own?” It is obvious that God will give us our own! There are many examples in the Bible. Joseph was faithful to serve Potiphar and God raised him up to lead a nation. Elisha was faithful to serve Elijah and he received Elijah’s anointing. Joshua served Moses and received Moses’ calling. Timothy served Paul and became an apostle. Etc.

Finally:

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. Faithfulness may be very costly and may even require great humility. But the rewards of faithfulness in eternity will be limitless.

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 should be our highest value in life. Amen.