Called to Be Faithful
by Frank King 2/13/2012 / Christian Living
As Christians, we are God's stewards. He has committed certain gifts and resources to each of us. In the end, we must give account of our stewardship, and we will be rewarded accordingly. It behooves us then to be faithful to God.
Having been a senior pastor of local churches in the past, I know how important it is to have church workers who are faithful to God. A church body absolutely cannot function effectively without faithful church workers. Moreover, my conviction is that the Lord's work is the most important work in the world. It is the only work that we can do that has eternal consequences.
It is good for us to be faithful on our job, in our family life, or in school, but we should be even more faithful to God.
Nevertheless, I believe most if not all of you will agree that not everyone who claims to be a Christian is committed to faithfulness in serving the Lord. Sometimes, I hear church members say something like, "If I had a more important position in the church, or if I had a more visible role, I would be more faithful."
Even pastors sometimes embrace this errant thinking. For example, I know of instances in which a pastor has put a man in the church in a position of authority, such as on the board of deacons, in hopes that it will motivate the person to be more faithful to God. But hear what Jesus said: "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much" (Luke 16:10).
Wow! This is a powerful truth. It tells us that faithfulness has nothing to do with what we have to work with. Faithfulness is not a product of our resources but of our character. If a person is faithful, he will exhibit faithfulness even if all he has to do is some insignificant role that gets him no recognition. On the other hand, if one is unfaithful, simply making him the king will not change him. He will simply be an unfaithful man with a crown on his head.
If you want to know if a person will be faithful in a prominent position, observe his stewardship in a far less significant role.
Now, I don't want to get too preachy here, but let me ask you something. First, think about the gifts and resources God has blessed you with that you can use to serve Him and glorify Him. Then think on what Jesus said in the verse above, regarding faithfulness. Now for the question: By your own assessment, would you consider yourself to be faithful to God?
Copyright 2012 by Frank King. All rights reserved.