Six Things We Need to Know About Faithfulness
October 16, 2022
Six Things We Need to Know About Faithfulness
One of the most important character traits a believer can develop is faithfulness.
God is absolute faithfulness!
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)
Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Would God call you faithful?
When God looks at our lives, He looks for faithfulness.
When I came to Jesus, I found that one of the first things I needed to develop was the characteristic of faithfulness.
Here are six things that we need to know about faithfulness.
1. At Christ’s reward seat, we will be judged as to whether or not we used the gifts Jesus gave us.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
He has called us, and planned our lives before birth. (Psalm 139)
What we do with the ability He gives us is totally up to us!
2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NLT)
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
Romans 14:10-12 (NKJV)
But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
1 Corinthians 3:9-15 (NKJV)
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
2. Faithfulness allows the gifts God places in you to develop.
Many don’t enter God’s best for them because they do not prove themselves faithful.
We find our place in the family of God by being faithful. Paul was called to be an apostle, and was then placed in that office as he proved himself faithful.
Romans 1:1 (NKJV)
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.
The quality or state of being faithful.
True or constant in affection or allegiance; loyal; firm in adherence to promises, oaths, or undertakings; firm and thorough in observance of duty.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NKJV)
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (AMPC)
SO THEN, let us [apostles] be looked upon as ministering servants of Christ and stewards (trustees) of the mysteries (the secret purposes) of God. 2 Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].
1 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
Grateful am I to Him that empowered me.
I give thanks to Him who puts strength in me.
New English Bible
And I thank Christ Jesus my Lord, who has made me equal to the task.
2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)
And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3. Faithfulness is the major character test God gives.
Skills can be taught, but character must be developed by us alone! No one can do it for us!
Character sustains the call and anointing on your life & either attracts or repels you to or from God’s plan for you.
You NEVER rise above your character!
Stephen and Philip developed faithfulness by helping feed the crowds in the early church and God promoted them to other ministries.
Acts 6:1-5 (NLT)
But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food.
So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”
Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith).
Me – Sunday School teacher, home groups, hospital ministry, janitor – before I ever got into a ministry position.
4. Big things have little beginnings.
Zechariah 4:10 (NKJV)
For who has despised the day of small things?
Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)
Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter the joy of your Lord.
Faithful in the parking lot, as a greeter, an usher, a teacher in CM, or in an outreach area shows God you can be trusted.
5. Faithfulness produces promotion.
Big things only come to those who are small in their own eyes.
Luke 16:10, 12 (NKJV)
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much… 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
I am in ministry today because of faithfulness in small things.
My church needed people to set chairs for the services each week…
My church needed someone to visit hospitals in 1982. I stepped up and volunteered.
I started in ministry as a janitor. It was a great place of testing faithfulness. My attitude and motivations were tested in fire!
I prayed and sought God in private before anything ever was produced in public. God was testing my faithful heart.
I became a pastoral staff member in 1984 for Bob Yandian at Grace Church in Tulsa.
I was tested in my loyalty, in wanting to do things differently than he, in wondering why he did or didn’t do this or that!
God wanted to see if I would be faithful when I disagreed!
I became an associate to Carl Morris in 1993. It was a great test of faithfulness in my life, because I so did not do life the way he did in ministry.
The Lord challenged me – “Who are you to judge another man’s servant?” To me he rises or falls. That changed my life. I learned to do what I do to Jesus, whether I agreed or disagreed. And God rewards faithful hearts.
I pastored another man’s church for one year before I came here. God was testing my faithfulness. People told me I was a better preacher, and I said, “Be quiet!” Never say that again! I refuse to record my messages because I refused to draw disciples to myself. God was testing my faithfulness.
I built his church up and then gave it back a year later when he came home from the mission field.
6. Start where you are with the opportunities you have.
For me in a ministry call, I had to show myself faithful first:
Submission to another ministry
If you are a Dream Team member here at Victory, be the best! Give God your best. Have an attitude of excellence.
Even in Dream Team positions, we should give our best, just as though we were being paid! In fact we are!
Colossians 3:22-25 (NLT)
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 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.
- What would Jesus say about your faithfulness if you were at the judgment seat of Christ right now?
- Are you faithful in small things?
- What can you do right now to show faithfulness to Jesus in your local church?