From Pastor Tom - Being Faithful

Let me ask you something:  Can you be counted on?  Are you dependable?  Are you a faithful person?

        “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in steward that one be found faithful."  1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NKJV)

 There is no greater privilege today for the Christian than to be known and remembered as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.  The dictionary defines “faithfulness” as:  trustworthy, dependable, and consistent.  Faithfulness is a rare quality.  Even Proverbs 20:6 says that faithfulness is rare.

        “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?” Proverbs 20:6 (NKJV)

 This passage reminds us that it’s easy to talk about our own “goodness” and believe that we are pretty good, but not many people are really faithful.  As a pastor I’ve heard many people say that they are committed – but the proof is in the follow through.

We want faithfulness though – don’t we?  We want our paper carrier to be reliable.  We want the medicine we take to work every time we take it.  When we go to a restaurant, we want good food and good service every time we go there.  Faithfulness is a quality we want in our everyday life.

As a pastor I’ve learned that not everyone who volunteers to serve will actually come through.  I am very happy when they do!  Why should we as Christians be concerned about faithfulness?  We should be concerned about faithfulness because God is faithful.  Deuteronomy 7:9 says:

        “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations.”  Deut. 7:9 (NKJV)

 The most famous geyser in America is Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park.  Old Faithful is not the biggest geyser in America.  It is not the most powerful geyser.   But it is most famous.  Why?  Because it is dependable.  It goes off like clockwork.  People appreciate dependability.

 God does not require a lot of things from you.

You’re not required to be brilliant.
You’re not required to be articulate.
You’re not required to be literate.
You’re not required to be handsome or beautiful.
You’re not required to be eloquent.

But you are required to be faithful.

Can you be counted on?

May God Bless,

Pastor Tom