The value of faithfulness


I have travelled the world and in doing so, l have come across Christians everywhere who have all sung praises exalting God's faithfulness (Lam 3:23) .


When you survey the whole of scripture the faithfulness of God to his unfaithful people is undeniable. Faithfulness is his signature throughout scripture and history. Unfaithfulness is the signature of humanity. Only God through the work of Jesus and the filling of the Spirit can turn us into faithful people.


God is faithful because that is who he is. In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read: "Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commands”. God is faithful because what he speaks is true, he cannot lie. (Titus 1:2, John 3:33).


Paul makes it clear that God’s faithfulness towards us springs forth from his faithfulness to himself even when we are faithless (2 Tim 2:13). His faithfulness is the grounding anchor to our faith, and it shines in his giving Jesus his son who had to rely on God’s faithfulness even to the point of death on the cross.


We are unfaithful because of our sinful nature (Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 53:6, Rom 3:23). To unfaithful people, God sent Jesus who himself is described as faithful and true (Rev 19:11). Christ showed his faithfulness on earth by constantly obeying his Father’s will (Luke 2:49; John 5:30; 6:38; 8:29; 14:31; Heb. 3:2). He was fully aware of his faithfulness as well: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do”. (John 17:4).


Christ succeeded where humanity failed and constantly fails. Jesus was given to turn the unfaithful into faithful people. In trusting him we are made sons of God (John 1:12). Christians who possess the Holy Spirit must exhibit faithfulness as a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).We are to exhibit faithfulness in two areas.


Towards God

Hebrews 2:17 says, “Therefore, he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every way, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in matters pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.”


Jesus our high priest through his faithfulness, reconciled and restored us to God from hearts constantly evil (Gen 6, Jer 17:9), to new creations (2 Cor 5:17). He saved us by grace through faith (Eph 2:8) so that we can be his workmanship (Eph 2:10-11), a people zealous for good works(Titus 2:14).


He fulfilled what God faithfully promised in Ezekiel 36:25 and poured his Spirit in us. Jesus remains faithful to us by praying for us ( Rom 8:34, Heb 7:25 ) alongside with the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:26). We are faithful to God because his faithful spirit abides in us.


As stated in Rev 1:9, the Christian life is not exempt from hardships but we are called to be faithful to our confession of faith during trials and persecutions even unto death. Peter is a great example of faithfulness as a result of Christ's faithfulness at one point he denies Christ but later on when the Spirit is now in him he can endure even to his death.


Towards others

In Gal 5:22, faithfulness means the quality of being worthy of being trusted by others. God's faithfulness towards us is a call to be faithful to those God has put in our lives. The vertical fuels the horizontal. As God upholds his standard of truth, we are to uphold his in our dealings too. As God is reliable, we are to be found reliable. Faithfulness is to be a hallmark in our families, churches, and work because in our faithfulness we commend him who is faithful.


Questions:

1. What do you celebrate most when you think about God’s faithfulness?

2. What has motivated your faithfulness towards God

3. Where in your life has faithfulness been challenged most?


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