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by Femi Onabanjo  
4/02/2016 / Devotionals

"Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?" (Prov. 20:6)

What is faithfulness? It is unwavering loyalty and commitment. It means being "consistently trustworthy and loyal, especially to a person, promise, or duty" (Encarta Dictionaries). Because of this all-weather consistency, a faithful person is dependable. In sunshine, he is there; when the storms come, her commitment does not wane. Faithfulness is a defining character trait of Christ and this is why He is called 'Faithful and True' (Rev. 19:11). Faithfulness therefore means a lot to God. In fact, it is something he not only expects but requires of us His servants (1 Cor. 4:2), because by it we project His nature. Faithfulness is an all-weather calling. When it is convenient and when it is sacrificial. When it makes you the hero and when it makes you the villain. In time of plenty and in time of scarcity. In youth and in old age. When it is 'safe' and when it may cost you your life. It is for when the crowd is supporting you and for when you are alone against the crowd. Faithfulness requires that we remain consistently committed to Christ and His Truth.

In what, then, does God require faithfulness of us? In everything. 'Faithfulness in everything' should be the steward's creed. In money matters, marriage, ministry, employment, leadership, in things small and in things great, in everything. Faithfulness is for all of us, in all things, at all times and in all places. There are no exceptions. You do not have to be a Preacher. If you bear the name of Christ, you are His servant. You must be faithful. Faithfulness does not only apply to spending money. How you spend time, use opportunities and handle privileges is also important. Do you fritter away your time when you should be studying, praying or lending a hand? What about your talents, have you invested time and effort in developing them? Are you giving of yourself and resources to make positive impact in your community through worthy causes? You have a vacant room or two in your house and you know someone who could use a warm bed. You have lots of food to spare and others around you are starving. What does this tell you? You are on the Board and can insist on doing the right thing but would rather not rock the boat. You have a 'voice' but will not silence the injustice within your sphere. Are you being faithful?

Even to your Master's instructions, are you faithful? Has God told you to do something and you are still hesitating in doubt or fear? Perhaps He has asked you to sow a seed, launch out into the deep, take a step (or a leap) of faith. Is He asking you to relocate or guiding you to whom to marry? Dear friend, consider the faithfulness of God, from which our own faithfulness takes root. "Faithful is He who called you, who also will do it" (1 Thess. 5:24). What about in the weightier matters of God's Law? Do not commit adultery. Do not bear false witness. Honour your father and mother. Beloved, how are you faring in these? What of the Great Commission by which we are commanded to take the Gospel of Christ out into all the world? Are you sharing Christ with others in your neighbourhood, at school, at work, on the football pitch, at the swimming pool, with those who come into your home? Are you supporting evangelism?

If you are failing in one or more areas, be encouraged. There is hope. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, if we confess them (1 John 1:9). He is equally faithful to His Word and has promised mercy and grace for our weakness (Heb. 4:16). Approach the throne of grace therefore, confident that He will strengthen you and help you to stand for Him faithfully. Now is the time to arise and be faithful. Storms will come (you may be in the middle of one already), but in the midst of the fire He will be with us; and when we pass through the waters we will not be overwhelmed (Isa. 43:2). We can stay faithful because we have the assurance of His faithfulness. More importantly, we must remain faithful, because He is coming back very soon to reward us according to our faithfulness (Rev. 22:12). May He keep us faithful to the very end, so that we will not lose our eternal reward.

Dear Faithful and True One, thank you for the assurance of your faithfulness by which I receive courage to also be faithful. Help me to stand faithfully for You and stay true to the very end. Amen.

Femi is a Christian who desires to be fruitful for God. He wants to contribute to the growth of the Kingdom and to this end, it is his joy to freely share whatever the Lord lays on his heart for the benefit of others.

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