Faithful

We believe in a God who is able to bring justice and mercy to all 

And He promises strength for the journey to the steadfast who answer the call.

We believe in the truth of the Bible, in its power and purpose today

There is meaning and life in its pages; we believe and we choose to obey.

We believe that He’s calling His people to embody His story of grace

Bringing rescue and hope to the broken, may our lives be an offering of praise.

Let us be faithful, faithful, faithful, Lord 

Let us be faithful, faithful, Lord

Though we cannot see, we still believe 

Let us be faithful, faithful, Lord.

I recently learned this devotional song at a youth event, and have been stuck on it ever since! (Listen to a beautiful a capella rendering here.) The words are so uplifting, and got me reflecting on the concept of faithfulness in our walk with the Lord. The word “faithful” means “to be steady in allegiance or affection, to be loyal, to be constant, or to be full of faith”.  To me, this definition speaks of a deliberate choice, a decision made between me and the Lord, that I will follow Him closely no matter what may threaten to come between us. True faithfulness means taking ownership of my faith and living it out to its fullest potential. My faith cannot come from my grandmother, my parents, or my friends. A personal relationship with the Lord is just that: personal. My faith must be my own.

This means that I will not want to serve God out of obligation or out of habit, but rather because of all He has done for me. He has been faithful to me, so the least I can do is be faithful to Him! Digging a  bit deeper, what does it mean to be faithful as a child of God?

Faithful in worship.

This is what we typically think of when we hear the word “faithful”. If we are “faithful church members”, we are there every time the doors are open, perhaps even beyond that. Hebrews 10:24-25 does encourage this: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” But let’s go a little further – if we are truly “full of faith”, then we aren’t simply going to be filling up space. Just as the Hebrews writer states, we will be trying to think of ways to love our church family and inspire them to good works. But most importantly, we will be giving our all in worship to God, holding nothing back, praising Him for His faithfulness and promising ours to Him.

Faithful in Bible study.

When life gets busy, it is easy to neglect our spiritual growth. When we first come to the Lord, we are told to “desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). However, as the Hebrews writer warns, it is possible to become “dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11). The writer then admonishes his readers to “go on to maturity”, desiring the meat of the Word rather than simply milk (5:12-6:1). We cannot be faithful to God unless we are in His Word! It is through the Scriptures that He speaks to us and gives us purpose. Whether it is reading through a book of the Bible, using study tools such as devotional books and commentaries, or selecting a number of verses to memorize, find your niche and dig into the Word!

Faithful in prayer.

We all know 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.”  Romans 12:12 similarly exhorts us to “be constant in prayer”, while Colossians 4:2 instructs us to “continue steadfastly in prayer”. Just like our Bible study habits, we cannot live a faithful life without faithful prayer. It is the charger that connects us to our Power-source. Without it, our souls become weaker and are at risk for spiritual death. Just as we plug in our phones every day, talking to God should be as much of our daily routine as charging our devices. One way to do this is by possessing a prayerful mindset. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to “take every thought captive to obey Christ”. We should possess such a frame of mind that we are able to have a continuing conversation with God throughout the day. Another way is by creating a daily prayer routine. Making a prayer routine means intentionally setting aside time every day simply to talk to God. We prioritize what we consider most important, so how important to you is communicating with our Savior?  It is impossible to pray without ceasing if we do not make the time to pray.

Faithful to our promise.

When we obey the gospel, we make a commitment to the Lord, a sacred vow, that we will follow Him wherever He goes, with “no turning back”. We die to the old life filled with sin and become a “new creation” filled with purpose for the glory of God (Romans 6:4; Ephesians 4:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17). However, the Christian life doesn’t stop there.  True faithfulness means keeping that promise we made to Jesus as we obeyed Him. We are no longer “slaves of sin” (Romans 6:17-18);  we have a new Master! Yes, we will make mistakes and disappoint Him, but His grace flows freely and His love abounds. He will receive us anew when we but turn to Him (1 John 1:7, 9).

Faithful in our mission.

Just as our obedience doesn’t stop at baptism, our purpose doesn’t stop at committing our lives to the Lord. As followers of Jesus, we walk in His steps and do what He does (1 Peter 2:21). Christ’s mission on earth was “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10), and so He passes the torch to us: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Paul likewise encourages Timothy, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2) Did you notice how Paul describes the men who would carry his teachings to others? Truly faithful people will bring souls to the Lord; it is in their very being! As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke’, we believe and therefore we speak.”

Jesus said to all in Luke 9:23, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Faithfulness happens in the day-to-day. Faithful worship, faithful Bible study, faithful prayer, faithful commitment, and faithful teaching all culminates to being faithful in daily living. Each moment, each hour, each day, each month, each year devoted to the Lord will add up to a faithful life lived for Him!

 “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)

“…for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

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