The Thing About Faithfulness
I’m not sure what it is, but I seem to be hearing about faithfulness a lot today. In church, the pastor talked about the challenge of faithfulness. I just read about living faithfully. What is the deal with faithfulness?
I know that God rewards the faithful (Matthew 25: 21,23: “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”). Psalm 101:6 reads: “I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.” God definitely holds the faithful in high regard.
I know that God calls us to be faithful. In Revelation 2: 10, Jesus commands the church at Ephesus to be faithful even unto death. In return, he would give them the crown of life.
Faithfulness is also one of the nine fruits of the Spirit. When I think of faithfulness I think of loyalty. I think of being dependable. I think of consistency. I think of commitment.
The thing about faithfulness is that it’s so easy to let it fall by the wayside. It is not easy to be faithful in our work, our relationships, our fitness regimes, etc. Things happen (or they don’t happen), and it is so very easy to lose heart. It’s easy to pull back and disengage. That’s what the last servant did in the parable of the talents. Instead of investing his one talent, he disengaged: he buried it in the ground and went on about his business.
I think of the commitments in my life. I recently committed to simple living. I want to be faithful to that commitment. The thing of it is, it’s so much easier not to.