Values — FAITHFULNESS — Loyalty To God Above All
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.” 1 Timothy 4:9
Coming from years of ministry with no shortage of messages of, about, based on, related to and inspired by faith, I tend to think just about everything that could be read taught, published or written about it has already been done, until I see the state of the lives of so many people of God, that is, Christians who understand so little about it.
So, here are some basic principles by way of reminder to ponder on the value of faithfulness. As a value, faithfulness is closely tied to dependability. What can you be counted on for?
“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.” Psalm 15:1-4
Another point of faith is tied to belief. What do you believe and, therefore, do based on what you believe?
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:23-24
Yet another focus of faithfulness is earnest expectation and confidence. What is your confidence? What do you believe God will do in answer or in response to your prayers based on His Word, on what He has promised? How confident are you in Him?
“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” Philippians 1:20
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us…” 1 John 5:14
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
The value of faithfulness is a tangible measure of how truly confident we are in the integrity of God’s Word. We say we have confidence in God, but do we trust Him (His Word) as much as we trust our most trusted friend? Most of us would say, “Yes!” but when it comes down to where real life meets the road are we still fully confident in Him?
We are especially tested where sickness and particularly pain and discomfort are concerned, and not only ours but that of those we love. Our faith can be tried and shaken when it comes to financial stresses and material needs as well. We can lose heart where relational issues put pressure on our patience or our hope, especially where another person we love or anyone we have to deal with in our work or community is concerned.
In the critical moment when we have faithfulness as a core value of our life in Christ we can resist and overcome whatever challenge comes to steal our peace, kill our hope (expectation), and destroy our confidence in God’s Word.
Faithfulness gives strength to our hopeful expectation in prayer when we have a settled assurance that God hears and answers our prayers, especially when we pray His Word that is already settled in Heaven.
So, finally faithfulness is what we extend in trusting and in serving God’s cause through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are called to be faithful, to walk, that is, to live by faith in every area of our lives as those marked with the imprint of Christ and identified in the World as belonging to Him. Being true to that is our fidelity, even our loyalty to Christ not to serve the other side, darkness, sin and death, all of whom hate God and hate His people.
We remain loyal to God who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light because He deserves our loyalty. He paid the highest price that could ever be paid for any debt when He paid the life of Jesus for our sin. Now in gratitude and loyalty, in faithfulness to Him we can and do live as He has ordained that we should live, as He is in this world.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
“…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…” 1 Peter 1:15
Be faithful. It really looks good on you.