Christians are required to be Faithful
- Faithfulness was one of the characteristics among Christians in the Bible.
Acts 11:20-23 ESV
(20) But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
(21) And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
(22) The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
(23) When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,
Acts 16:15 ESV
(15) And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” Moreover, she prevailed upon us.
- Early Christians were successful Christians because they were faithful Christians.
- When you are faithful, you will be successful Christian.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 ESV
(1) This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
(2) Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
- God has put His mysteries that are found in His Word upon His children. All His children are stewards of the mysteries of God.
- God has entrusted us with His secretes. He has entrusted us with His blessings.
- God, therefore, requires of us to be faithful. We must be found faithful.
- “Be found,” refers to when we are checked on, at any given time, the results must be that we are faithful.
- When spot checks are done on us, we must be found faithful.
- When unexpected checks are done on us, we must be found faithful.
- When background checks are done on us, we must be found faithful.
- Faithfulness is applicable when directed to someone. No one is faithful to nothing. A person is faithful to something or someone.
- Our Scripture refers to be faithful to God and the mysteries He has given us.
- Faithfulness manifests best in the absence of the person you are supposed to be faithful to.
- Faithfulness manifests best when you are required to do what you would not normally do.
- Faithfulness manifests bests when you are required to do what you would not prefer doing.
- When a parent tells a child to remain washing dishes while other children have gone to play or watch a movie, it will take a lot of effort for that child to be faithful to the instruction of his/her parent.
- It is much easier for a child to be faithful to carry out parent’s instruction of doing what he/she always wanted to do. In actual fact, faithfulness is not necessary in such situation.
- Faithfulness is not about self, but it is about the next person.
- A steward is entrusted with someone else’s properties to look after.
- A steward is entrusted with responsibilities to carry out on behalf of someone
- Faithfulness or unfaithfulness is not about who is directed to, it is a character of who is coming from.
- In court, when a person is accused of a crime, the plaintiff (complainant) and his lawyer or the prosecutor will try to bring evident, even if is not directly related to the case, that would proof that the accused’s character is flawed.
- If the accused is accused of stealing, the prosecutor can bring an old case where the accused stole something somewhere to proof to court that the accused’s character is of stealing. If he stole in the past, there is a high probability that he stole on the current case.
- Faithfulness is a character that we build in us.
- If we are faithful on something, we will be faithful on the next thing.
Luke 16:10-12 ESV
(10) “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
(11) If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
(12) And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
- God is saying that if you can be faithful in finances, how to handle finances, whether you tithe or not, He will entrust to you spiritual riches. This is because you have learned to be faithful.
- When you are faithful, you are faithful. It does not matter what is the object.
- It pleases God when we are faithful.
- If you are faithful to God, you will be faithful to your spouse, you will be faithful to your children, you will be faithful to your pastor, you will be faithful to your boss at work, you will be faithful to your teacher at school, you will be faithful everywhere.
- People who are faithful cannot backbite. Because they will be concern about being faithful also to the person, they are backbiting about.
- Judas Iscariot was not faithful to the money entrust to him to keep. That is the reason why he became unfaithful also to Jesus. He betrayed Jesus.
- It is normal for unfaithful people to betray.
John 12:4-6 ESV
(4) But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said,
(5) “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
(6) He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.
(BBE) He said this, not because he had any love for the poor; but because he was a thief, and, having the money-bag, took for himself what was put into it.
- Judas was not faithful with money entrusted to him.
- Unfaithfulness breathes all kinds of evil.
- Judas, who was unfaithful, plotted to kill Jesus.
- Unfaithful person will steal, will cheat, will kill, will rape, will betray, will pretend.
Mark 14:10-11 ESV
(10) Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
(11) And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. In addition, he sought an opportunity to betray him.
- Unfaithfulness of Judas was already established in him. He just sought an opportunity to act it out.
- An unfaithful person is already established in his heart. He will just seek for an opportunity to act it out.
- Unfaithful person is already unfaithful. He just seeks for an excuse to act out his unfaithfulness.
- When a person leaves a church or marriage, what he/she claims as an offense that causes him/her to leave, is not the real reason. The real reason is that he/she had become unfaithful to the pastor, church or marriage.
- God likes that we be faithful because He knows that we will be faithful to Him, we will be faithful to our pastor, we will be faithful to our church, we will be faithful to our spouses, we will be faithful to our bosses, and we will be faithful to our fellow members. We will be faithful.
- Our character will be faithfulness.
- May God help us to be faithful at all times?