Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness, but a faithful man – who can find?
What does God require of you – and what does He require of me? It appears to revolve around one things of great import to the Lord : faithfulness. God does not require great things.. He requires faithfulness. God does not require big ministries.. He requires faithfulness. God does not require important works.. He requires faithfulness. God does not demand spectacular feats or impossible tasks.
Faithfulness in the ordinary duties to which He calls us. He desires simple faithfulness, in the daily, commonplace tasks that He gives us to do. Faithfulness is one of the most blessed characteristics of our God. In Deuteronomy chapter 7 we read, Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him, for without His faithfulness, His eternal omniscience would be of little worth – and without His faithfulness, His infinite power would leave man adrift. But the Lord is faithful, Who will establish you and keep you from evil.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The names of God’s faithful servants are scattered across the pages of scripture and stand in clear contradistinction with a myriad of proud, unfaithful, adulterous ones. We read about God’s servant and friend Moses, who is faithful in all My house. Num.12:17. And so too of David the man after God’s own heart, for who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, 1 Sam.22:14. The foolish failures and foul faults of such faithful men were forgotten and forgiven.. and the Word recalls their faithfulness as the characteristics in which God delights.
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me. He that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve Me. Ps.101:6. Little is known of Epaphras, Tychicus and Silvanus, except that they were faithful men. The one reference to Onesiphorus outside of Philemon is, he was “a faithful servant” Oh! and the quality identified in the beloved Antipas was “My faithful martyr”.
It is remarkable how frequently the word of God draws us back to this one matter. It is therefore important to examine ourselves, to see if we stand the test of faithfulness. Are we faithful in the one place, where He has placed us, however mundane? Are we faithful to carry out the tasks He has given us.. however insignificant? Are we faithful to trust His word, no matter how difficult the circumstances? Are we faithful in spending the talents He gives us to His praise and glory? Are we faithful in using the gifts He bestows to his glory and the benefit of others? Are we faithful to the point of death? When the Lord returns may we all Him say these blessed words: well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Matt.25:21
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