Being FaithfulBro. David Chancellor
7/15/2007 11:00 AM
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
"…a faithful man who can find?" We want to be faithful. Proclaiming your own goodness or lifting up your own interests aren’t marks of a faithful man. Being faithful to God means proclaiming his goodness.
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom: And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give account unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
Daniel gives us a good example of a faithful man. The spirit of the man is part of what makes him faithful. A faithful man will be such that you won’t be able to find fault with his work. These decided that the only way they could find fault with Daniel was to pick on his religion. We need to stay in communion with God so we can keep a right spirit. We, as Daniel did, need to live so that no one can find fault.
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Jesus is our example of a faithful man. The people observed that Jesus seemed to know what he was talking about. He hadn’t gone to school for it; he got it from God. When we share with others what God gives us, that is being faithful. We should desire to maintain that commitment to God. We don’t want anything in our lives that would bring dishonor to God.
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
A faithful witness wants to make sure they get the story straight. As we live, we’re a witness for God. We don’t want to say God said something if he didn’t. A faithful witness won’t knowingly tell you something they don’t believe to be true.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
If someone asks you not to share something, then be faithful and don’t share it. A faithful person will keep your confidence.
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.
If you would be faithful, you have to be faithful in the little things. You show your character in the little things. Be careful about the little things.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus was trying to help them realize they would need to be faithful. We need to stay focused on what God gave us to do. We’re either going to live for God or for ourselves. Put God first. If we let the little things go and put self first, we’ll get to the end of life without doing what God wanted us to do. Be faithful to God and lift him up.