Last night, my wife and I watched the funeral service for one of God’s faithful servants. Evangelist Ed Ballew went home to be with the Lord last November. He was one of the “hero preachers” I remember from my childhood. He helped me greatly when I was dealing with being settled on God’s calling on my life to preach the gospel. The last conversation that we had holds a special place in my heart. He said, “You know, I’m an old man, and very soon I am going to have to pass on the baton to the next generation. Be faithful and God will hand it to you.” I feel that burden in my soul even today to carry on for the Lord Jesus.
The theme of his life and all other very usable vessels for God is the recurrent theme of FAITHFULNESS. I believe that faithfulness is the greatest fruit grown in the garden of man’s heart. Sometimes we feel like David who said, Help, LORD, for the godly man ceaseth: for the faithful fail from among the children of men (Psalm 12:1). However, I still believe that a man can lead his family to be faithful to Jesus Christ! Someone said, “A small thing is a small thing, but FAITHFULNESS in a small thing is a great thing.”
We live in a world that has a skewed view of success. If you take a Scriptural worldview, you will recognize that faithfulness is success. There is nothing greater that a Christian can do for His Lord than being faithful to Him.
The Bible says faithfulness is….
REQUIRED– Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (I Cor. 4:2). Successful families are made up of faithful husbands and faithful wives. Successful businesses are based upon faithfulness in work force, labor and intensity. Successful teams thrive on the principle of faithfulness.
Churches are no different. There are no examples of successful churches where there are not faithful families serving Christ in them. Ephesians chapter one and verse one says, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus. Paul’s introduction to the Colossians was much the same; he said, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse (Col. 1:2).
Faithfulness is required.
REFLECTIVE– Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God (Deut. 7:9). Did you know that faithfulness to Christ reflects the faithfulness of God to the Christian? It is the nature of God to be faithful; that is what He is and what we should be. Ask yourself this question: Does my faithfulness reflect to the world the faithfulness of God to me?
My life ought to reflect the worthiness of God. C.T. Studd said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” That kind of living reflects what we think about God.
Does our Bible reading, prayer life, church attendance, tithing or effort to bring men to Christ reflect the person of Jesus Christ?
Faithfulness is reflective.
REWARDED– O love the LORD, all ye his saints; for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer (Psalm 31:23). Do not be deceived by lesser living: if a man is faithful to God, God will bless him (Gal. 6:7). Solomon said, A faithful man shall abound with blessings (Prov. 28:20).
We see that there is a present and future state of blessing. Being faithful ensures that I have the blessing of God on my life now and shall be blessed at the judgment seat of Christ, when God’s people stand before Christ and give account of themselves to Him. Do we live in light of the desire to hear Christ say, Well done, thou good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21)?
Faithful is rewarded.
In light of these three truths, WHY NOT BE FAITHFUL? It is the Christ-like thing to do!