Dr. Mark Rasmussen
July 30, 2020
Faithfulness is an essential theme throughout the Bible. Faithfulness is something that is both admired and commanded. One of the most powerful rhetorical questions in Scriptures is found in Proverb 20:6 where it states, “But a faithful man who can find?”
When we think about the topic of faithfulness, it ought to encourage every believer to realize that we have a faithful God. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 states, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” In Hebrews 3:1-2a the Scripture states, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful.”
It is a wonderful thing to know that we serve a faithful God, and we can trust Him. Maybe that is why the Scripture entreats us in Hebrews 12:2 to look “unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith.” God is our example and in Him there is no “shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
After the realization that we have a faithful God, we then need to realize that we are commanded to be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 states, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” In the great passage on the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6, we find in verse 13, “Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Furthermore, in the parable of the unjust steward, we see God’s response to those who have been faithful to do what God wanted them to do in comparison to the man who was not faithful. It says in Luke 16:10, “ He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Finally, it is imperative to remember that we will be rewarded for being faithful. Proverbs 28:20a says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings." We also find in Luke 12:43 that the Lord states, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” What servant was that? The Scripture states in verse 42 that it is the “faithful and wise steward.” The Bible is replete with illustrations of faithful men. There is Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, Paul in prison, and, above all, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith.
It is a wonderful thing to remind ourselves of the promise found in Revelation 2:10 that says if we will be faithful whether in prison, trials, tribulations, or even death, God promises to give us a crown of life.
Let us commit ourselves to the path of faithfulness for it will be worth it all when we see Him.
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