The New Year has come and gone. Resolutions have been made, and possible many broken! As we kick into the year I want to throw out some thoughts on the type of person God truly desires you to be.
Many are hoping to do great things for God. And while that’s a noble goal – may I suggest that God isn’t asking you or I to go and change the whole world, but simply be faithful to Him in whatever place, circumstance, and situation He has put us in here and now. He has a plan. And that plan is being worked out day by day, whether we’re aware of it or not! (Ephesians 1:11)
The Quality of Faithfulness
We are called to reflect the character of Jesus. In fact Scripture informs us this is part of God’s great plan for our lives as Christians:
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be confomed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29 – ESV).
It’s what we were predestined for – to be conformed into Christ’s image. And part of the character of Christ is faithfulness. Jesus remained faithful to the Father throughout His time on earth and a faithful steward of all He’d been entrusted. Even to death, He remained faithful in obedience to His Father’s will (Philippians 2:8). This sort of faithfulness we are to imitate also. Jesus was trustworthy, devoted, and obedient. These are some of the marks of faithfulness we should also have.
Are you a trustworthy servant of our Master? Are you trustworthy in using the giftedness He has entrusted you (Matthew 25:20-23) and a faithful witness to those people God’s placed around you (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)? Are you devoted to Christ and His glory and kingdom (Matthew 6:33)? And are you faithful in being obedient to God’s will as He’s graciously revealed it in Scripture?
The Importance of Faithfulness
The sheer importance of living a faithful life towards God can be further illustrated by the fact that faithfulness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit as we walk with Him (live in willing surrender to His control). Take to heart these words:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 – ESV).
Faithfulness is a an attribute of God, which not surprisingly is also a fruit of God the Spirit living inside of us. So Christian – it’s only natural for you to be faithful! It’s who you are.
The Day to Day Reality of Faithfulness
Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed with the future. Maybe you are about this year. My suggestion is that we lay aside some of those anxieties in prayer to God and just focus a bit more on each day as it comes. Don’t worry so much about next week or tomorrow – but learn to ask more regularly “How can I serve God faithfully today?” We all have the same amount of time in each day. The difference between us all is how we use that time, and maximise it for the glory of God.
Faithfulness is a hugely important quality to God! And I think in heaven we might be surprised to see many Christians greatly honoured who lived here in relative obscurity – but faithfully served Christ in whatever setting God had placed them (be it cleaning toilets, raising children, or managing companies) and set the direction of their lives towards obedience to His Word. I hope that’s your goal!
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 – ESV).
This year, let’s grow in being Spirit-filled children of our Father who are known for our trustworthy stewardship of all He’s entrusted us, our wholehearted devotion to His cause, and our commitment to live in obedience to Jesus – let’s become more faithful people. So that each of us would one day hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant”!
So what are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below….