How to Stay Faithful
Most Christians would agree (at least mentally) to the reality that God is faithful. Scripture is full of references to this beautiful facet of our Father.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. –Deuteronomy 7:9
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. –Deuteronomy 32:4
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
–1 Corinthians 1:9
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
–2 Thessalonians 3:3
The Hebrew root from which the words translated “faithful” and “faithfulness” in the Old Testament are derived, means to prop or stay or support. The Greek word used in the New Testament means trustworthy or to be relied upon. God is our staying power, He is the support that we can trust and rely on.
It’s valuable to meditate on such great faithfulness. Everyone (regardless of whether they ever understand it or not) benefits from God’s faithfulness because even when we are faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). With that in mind, I believe most Christians would agree with this statement:
No matter what any person does or does not do, He remains faithful.
So if that’s true of Him, what are we (His people) supposed to be? No matter what any person does, what bad decisions are made, or whether people do wrong or right, I have the responsibility and grace to remain faithful because He is faithful.
Christ is being formed in me. If I’m being conformed to His image and changing from glory to glory– then why would I think my faithfulness is my own to distribute as I see fit? Faithfulness is even a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and a fruit tree doesn’t decide who gets the fruit. It just bears the fruit.
I’m not talking about doing everything for everyone here. I’m talking about expressing His love consistently and extravagantly with the gifts and resources He’s provided. But that’s not how I live many times…
- I want to make sure I’m not taken advantage of.
- I want to make sure I have plenty for myself and family first.
- I want to withhold love/honor from those who hurt me or could potentially hurt me.
Not my call. Once I get a true revelation of God’s great and awesome faithfulness, I will see an outworking of greater faithfulness in every area of my life. In my marriage and family, in my ministry commitments, in my work, in my finances–everything.
You may be struggling with being faithful in one or many areas, but the simplest and best way to stay (or come back to) faithful is to understand the amazing faithfulness and grace of your Father.
It’s not dependent on any person’s good or bad deeds. It’s just who He is and you can rest assured, the same life is operating in you and me.
What do you think? Do you find faithfulness in your life or is it a struggle? Have you had a revelation of His faithfulness toward you and others?