- Who comes to mind if you were asked to think about someone who has been “faithful”?
- What is it that qualifies them for that in your mind?
- If you were asked to think about someone who has not been “faithful,” who might come to mind?
- Why? What makes someone “unfaithful”?
Without faithfulness, everything begins to fall apart. Just consider the parts of the world that do not have a faithful police or judiciary – chaos and corruption reigns, and everything else crumbles too. Faithfulness is important and good.
The faithfulness of God is one of the central themes in the Bible. It is regularly the reason for our hope, confidence, internal peace, and passionate prayer. God is described as faithful 36 times in the Bible. That might not sound like a lot compared to the descriptions of God being holy or of his love. However, God’s “steadfast love,” the core attribute of his faithfulness, is referred to over 220 times in the Old Testament! God’s faithfulness and steadfast love is especially central to the Psalms – the book of Public Praises. It’s the reason for, turning point of, and hope of so many of the songs, laments, praises, and prayers of God’s people.
God identifies “faithfulness” as a Fruit of the Spirit. That means God wants to birth, grow, nurture, develop, and encourage the fruit of faithfulness in our hearts and lives. That’s important and challenging today. In many senses, “faithfulness” is not a core value of the world we live in. As we look around, it would be fair to lament the loss of faithfulness in our culture.
But, from another perspective, it’s equally true that people today are as “faithful” as they have always been – they are just faithful to the wrong thing or person! Today we celebrate being faithful to ourselves – and sometimes that unfortunately encourages and excuses our not being faithful in deeper and more fundamental ways that God desires and the world needs.
This Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we will consider a neglected and intriguing Parable. While most Christians are familiar with the Parable of the Talents, the Parable of the Minas (which is very similar) is generally overlooked. So, take some time to read and reflect on Luke 19:11-27, Psalm 37:3-6, & Lamentations 3:22-24 this week as you prepare your heart for corporate worship.
I very much look forward to worshiping together with you.
Yours in Christ,