The Weekly PowerBreak – “An Observation Of Faithfulness”

1 Peter 4:10 (ESV) — 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

The Bible is clear that God brings us salvation not so we have a ticket punched for heaven and our place in life is to just sit back and await that day when we are taken home to glory, rather we are saved to serve as God has both gifted each one of us for works of service and He has ordained the place and opportunity to serve in His church and throughout life. Not only that but God considers each of us a steward of the blessings He has brought to our lives and the opportunities which He sets before us. Stewards are held accountable and in the case of serving the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, what He is looking for in particular from each of us is FAITHFULNESS.

1 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV) — 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.

It seems pretty clear cut from the verse above but let’s break down this Faithfulness and see if we can notice some trends.

The first thing we observe is faithfulness is a refection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself who is called, “the faithful and true witness” and even called, “Faithful and True.”

Revelation 3:14 (ESV) — 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

Revelation 19:11 (ESV) — 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

What if He weren’t faithful and true or put it another way, what if His faithfulness was like our faithfulness which often has a bunch of holes in it. The words below wouldn’t mean much if God were unfaithful to His word would it? His promises would be void but the testimony of God in His word and throughout history is that His faithfulness is, as the Psalmist says, “extended to the heavens and to clouds above.” We have hope of eternal life because God cannot lie, and we have reason to go to Him in prayer because He is faithful to His word. We sing about it, we rehearse it when we go to God in prayer, and we have reason to expect great things from Him because the Triune God is faithful. What an attribute!

Deuteronomy 7:9–10 (ESV) — 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 10 and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face.

Psalm 36:5 (ESV) — 5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

Psalm 89:1–2 (ESV) — 1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”

Psalm 119:75 (ESV) — 75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

Psalm 143:1 (ESV) — 1 Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) — 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV) — 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

Hebrews 2:17 (ESV) — 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

1 John 1:9 (ESV) — 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We learn about faithfulness by observing God and particularly the Lord Jesus Christ, then applying what we learn about faithfulness to every aspect of serving God. Jesus had this to say about faithfulness:

Luke 16:10–11 (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?

In other words, no job is too small to avoid giving our undivided attention and effort. Other scriptures give us comparisons to help us understand the value of being faithful.

Proverbs 13:17 (ESV) — 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

Proverbs 14:5 (ESV) — 5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

Proverbs 20:6 (ESV) — 6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?

Proverbs 25:13 (ESV) — 13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Proverbs 27:6 (ESV) — 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 28:20 (ESV) — 20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 25:19 (ESV) — 19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

We are then told the place of being faithful in the church as faithful learners or disciples that not only have a teachable spirit but also take what is learned to disciple others. That is God’s system of personal growth and maturity – to learn from someone and then take what you learn and teach someone. Too often people are trained or taught, as one old preacher said, “far beyond their service.” In other words, they have learned much but have been UNFAITHFUL when it comes to teaching others.

2 Timothy 2:1–2 (ESV) — 1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

What about you? Are you a faithful steward of the grace of God that He has bestowed upon you, with the gifts He has given you, and the opportunities He has placed before you? He is looking for faithfulness, something that you never get away from His expectation. He says He is looking for true followers to be faithful right unto death itself.

Revelation 2:10 (ESV) — 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Can faithfulness be observed in your life?

Godspeed,

Bob Brubaker