FaithfulnessBro. David Chancellor
12/17/2000 11:00 AM
This asks us a question and also tells us something. We need to understand what is involved in faithfulness. Most people will tell you something about themselves. That isn't faithfulness. Faithfulness is our commitment to someone else. Faithfulness to God is glorifying God. It's a commitment to someone or something else besides yourself.
A faithful person has the other person's interests at heart. Are we promoting God's interests or our own? Are we lifting up God? We need to let people know it is God's grace and help that makes us what we are.
Hebrews 3:1, 2
Both Christ and Moses were faithful men. They had a calling, a work, a purpose. It was not a purpose for themselves. They pleaded the case of people who were untoward and out of the way. Moses had the interest of the people at heart - he was working for others and for God.
Christ said, "Of my own self I can do nothing." We need this realization. This doesn't mean there is nothing to be done. We can do all things through God's help and for his purpose. In anything we need to seek the will of the Father. Christ did what God sent him to do.
As doctrine is presented, we want that which is of God. So far as doctrine is concerned we need to find what God has to say. Doctrine shouldn't be changed to be more suitable for someone. "We seek the glory of him that sent." The person to be counted on is one whose interest is "how would God have it?" We should desire to be faithful to God and his cause.
Christ kept emphasizing, "It's not mine, it's God's." We also need to emphasize this. This is how it needs to be if we will be followers of Christ. We speak the word in such a way as to elevate and promote God.
Jesus was faithful. His followers were faithful like Jesus. "God called me. I did it," was Paul's testimony. We need to be faithful as well. Be committed to God and his cause. Paul continued to be faithful. He was true to his vision - to the end.
2 Timothy 2:2
God designed that the gospel would continue to go forth - by succession - from faithful man to faithful man; men more interested in God than in self. We see what God expects from us - to be faithful and teach the truth to others. As we live our life - we need for others to get the message that it is God that helps us live as we do.
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant..." The Lord has committed to us good things. Each of us has the ability to influence or hinder for God and right. The work of God is put in our hands. It is in our hands to offer it to others. The blessing is for the one who is truly faithful. We need to be faithful. It is a serious thing to turn aside from what God has handed to us. We don't want the portion of the hypocrite. The only way is to be determined that we will be faithful. We are here to declare his message.