Posts Tagged ‘Faithfulness



You may be familiar with the heroes of the Bible. People like Abraham, Moses, Deborah, Esther, David, Mary, Peter, John and Paul. Then there are some lesser known figures about whom we know very little. We may come across their names in Scripture and think to ourselves, “Who?” These are people who may not be familiar to us, but they had a name and a purpose. Paul wrote about some of these people in Colossians 4. The first one is found in Colossians 4:7 (NLT) where the apostle Paul wrote:

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.

We know very little about Tychicus except that he was obviously serving with Paul while he was in prison. We may not know about his accomplishments, but we know that he had a purpose and a mission. The same thing can be said of you and me. We have a God-given purpose and mission for our lives. Part of your mission is to tell people about Jesus. That starts with the people in your home and spreads out from there. Part of your mission is to be a faithful follower of Jesus and to serve others in His name. You may not ever become famous, but you can be faithful in carrying out your mission. Let’s start with today so it may be said of us one day, “Well done.”


Do What Is Right

When it comes to our work, God expects us to work with integrity. He expects us to work hard for our employers as though we were working for Jesus. When we do, God will reward us with a Heavenly inheritance. But, if we do not work to please our Master, Jesus, we will face the consequences for our laziness and dishonesty. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:24-25 (NLT):

Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

God doesn’t show favoritism to His people just because we’re His people. If we do what is wrong, we can expect to reap what we sow. He will not always save us from the consequences of our poor decisions or our laziness. He will reward our faithfulness when we do what is right. He will let us suffer the consequences when we do what is wrong. So when you go to work today, do what is right to please our Master and trust God to reward you for it.


Standing On His Great Promises

God is faithful. He is faithful to His promises. He has made so many promises to us and He keeps them all. It’s not because we deserve it, but because of who He is. It is because of His goodness, kindness, and faithfulness that God keeps His promises. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:4 (NLT):

And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

God’s promises fill us with power. We have power to overcome temptation. We have power to overcome sin. God has filled us with His power, thereby enabling us to share in His divine nature. The Spirit is powerful! We need to rely on God’s faithful promises and to surrender to His Spirit. When temptation comes your way today, remember God’s faithfulness to keep His promises. He has promised to fill you and never leave you nor forsake you. He is with you and He is a promise keeper.


Partners With Christ

One of the themes I am noticing more and more in my Bible reading is that of being persecuted for our faith. Those living in the first century were undergoing severe trials and persecution. The authors of the New Testament encouraged their fellow believers to stay faithful no matter what. This is what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT):

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

Throughout history, Christians have been persecuted and martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. Peter says that we are partners with Christ in His suffering. He suffered first and when we suffer for His sake, we join Him in His suffering. Do not fear those who persecute you and do not worry about the future for there is a great reward for faithfulness: we will experience the glory of Jesus. Instead of dreading His return, we look forward to it. Instead of fearing judgment, we’ve already been declared not guilty. Heaven awaits, my friends. Stay faithful.


Supporting The Work Of Jesus

After talking about the secret of contentment, Paul lets the Philippians know that he was grateful for the gifts that they sent to support his ministry. He wrote:

Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. – Philippians 4:14-16 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we need to support the work of Jesus. Ministry work requires ministry dollars. There are bills that need to be paid. Those who have devoted their lives to full-time service of the Lord need to be compensated. It is not an excuse for greed. Some churches and pastors take advantage of good people and their faith in Christ. Let’s be wise and discerning and yet faithful and generous toward the work of Jesus so that more people will come to know about the Lord.

Not Done Yet

Sometimes it feels like we’re not getting anywhere in our faith. It seems like we’re just spinning our wheels. We want to do better. We want to grow spiritually, but we’re just stuck. It feels like the harder we try, the more we get stuck. Paul told the Philippians that God wasn’t finished with them yet.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:4-6 (NIV)

Remember that God started the work of spiritual transformation in you and it is HE who will bring it to completion when Christ returns. We are works in progress and God’s not done with us yet. The next time you feel like you’re not getting anywhere, remember that God won’t give up on you. He will keep working in your life to make you into the person He wants you to become. Trust Him to complete the work that He began in you.

Faithfulness Is Key

Jesus calls all who will listen to come to Him for forgiveness and salvation. God has chosen all who will believe to become His children and to inherit eternal life. Peter says that we need to faithfully confirm our calling and election as God’s people. He wrote:

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

Faith in Christ is not a one-and-done kind of arrangement. Once you put your faith in Jesus, you are called to a daily denial of self and a daily taking up of your cross. It’s called faithfulness. Jesus saves us and we, in turn, live faithful lives of obedience to Him. As we grow in faith we begin to look more like Him and less like the world. We sin less even though we will never be sinless. We love God and people more each day until the day He returns and takes us home.

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