According to the dictionary, faithfulness means: strict or thorough in the performance of duty; true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant; reliable, trusted or believed; adhering or true to fact, a standard or original; accurate. It implies qualities of stability, dependability, and devotion; long-continued and steadfast fidelity to whatever one is bound to by a pledge, duty, or obligation; unswerving allegiance to a person, organization, cause, or idea. Unfortunately, this compelling virtue is becoming more and more scarce in our society and even in the Church.
It is not so surprising to see faithfulness vanish from our self-centered, self-serving society, but to see it diminishing in the Church is really inexcusable. Faithfulness is one of the foremost characteristics of our God. It is a fruit of the Spirit. Even creation is faithful (see Psalm 85:11). In Scripture, faithfulness is often mentioned in conjunction with God’s love (see Ps. 117:2, 138:2; Prov. 3:3, 14:22, 16:6, 20:28 for just a few). In marriage, and any relationship, the two go hand in hand. If you love someone, you will be faithful to them.
Jesus rebuked the religious leaders for their lack of faithfulness: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matt. 23:23)
He also said that if we want to be entrusted with more from God, we must be found faithful with the little we have: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:10-12)
Unfortunately, dishonesty and unfaithfulness seem to abound in every sphere and level of our society, from government, leaders in the Church, athletes, celebrities, the medical industry, business and marriage partners, parents, etc. The repercussions have taken a devastating toll on our society: a fatherless generation who distrusts and thus, disrespects authority, adulterous marriage relationships, even in the Church, people who go from church to church looking for leaders they can trust, a nation of cynics and skeptics who don’t trust or believe anybody anymore, even when they are actually telling the truth.
God’s people should be a reflection of His faithfulness to the world; however, we cannot do so apart from His empowering grace. We become faithful by meditating upon His faithfulness to us. Meditation upon His nature is the key to our becoming transformed into His image. If you want to be more loving, meditate upon His love. If you want more peace, meditate upon His peace. If you need more joy in your life, meditate upon His joy.
If you struggle with faithfulness, I encourage you to try this simple technique. Find the Scriptures that refer to His faithfulness and read, study, and meditate on them. List the ways and times He has proved His faithfulness to you and ponder them. Ask for His grace to enable you to be faithful to Him and to others, just as He has been to you. He loves to answer these kinds of prayers. Let us represent Him accurately; let us be faithful even as He is.
What is one way God has proved His faithfulness to you? Please comment below.