Is faithfulness seen as steadfast commitment to God in unwavering devotion?
Faithfulness is the proper response to God by his covenant people; seen in a steadfast commitment which reflects God’s own faithfulness to the covenant. Encouraged in all believers, it is especially important in leaders.
I am called to be faithful and trustworthy. I am challenged by this some days. When I think about it and focus on it, I execute God’s goal. Some days, like a sheep, I wander off.
I am thankful for the good Shepherd who finds me and brings me back home.
The good news is that God is always faithful. That is just the way He is. He has always been patient, waiting for me to come back to Jesus and follow Him.
God is good! God is in a good mood. God will see me through to the end.
Faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. [Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.]
Since being faithful is a fruit, I know that fruit isn’t ripe to begin with. In fact, fruit starts as a seed, grows into a tree, blossoms, starts out small and then slowly ripens. Serving Jesus leads to faithfulness. It starts small and grows. I must start with small things to get trusted with more.
Faithfulness is seen as steadfast commitment to God
In unwavering devotion
Jesus is clear about faithfulness. Jesus shows me that I must persevere if I am to be a part of His Kingdom, where He is in complete control. There can be no wavering. I should count the cost up front to be sure I will afford the journey.
- Luke 9:62 (NASB) — But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
- Micah 4:5 (NASB) — Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
- Revelation 2:10 (NASB) — ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
- Joshua 24:14–15 (NASB) — “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
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