What does it mean to be faithful?

  • Having faith;
  • remaining true, constant, or loyal;
  • consistently reliable;
  • Consistent with truth or actuality;
  • loyal true, constant, fast, steadfast, staunch.

Faithful means that you can be counted on. God wants to be able to feel that we will be there and not let him down.

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

God requires stewards to be “found faithful.” A steward is someone who is put in charge of another’s valuables property or possessions. Every Christian is a steward of what God has given them in salvation. At the Judgment, the question will be, have you been faithful to what God has given you to do?

Daniel was faithful. He gave his heart to serve God when he was about 15 or 16 years old. The Bible says that Daniel “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank:” (Daniel 1:18) In the old law, it was sin to eat and drink certain things. We have to purpose in our heart and make a decision not to sin. If we don’t make that decision, we will give in to the enemy when the temptation comes.

Noah was reliable. Whatever God told Noah to do, he did it. (Genesis 6:22) It took him over one hundred years to build the ark. He preached the gospel during that time. Nobody listened to him except for his immediate family. Yet, God didn’t say to Noah; “Because you don’t have one hundred people that you have converted to serving God you cannot be saved.”  At the Judgment,  God will not judge how successful we are; what will matter is if we were faithful.

We need to be faithful in the “little things.”

  • Faithful in reading God’s word everyday. Someone was having problems in their Christian experience. When inquired about there reading of God’s word, they said they had not been reading every day because they were too busy. If your life is too busy to read the Word of God, your life is too busy with things that are not ordered by God. You need to make time to read the Word of God. The Bible is the food for our soul. If you do not get your food every day, you will not survive. God wants us to come to him and get something out of his word every day.
  • Faithful in daily prayer. Did Jesus feel that it was important to pray? Sometimes he would go off by himself and pray all night. Ask God to help you get away and pray one on one with Him. Family devotions are necessary, but you need individual personal communion with God.
  • Faithful to testify. What is the great commission for Christians? Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15) If it has been months since you have testified to someone, you need to get before God in prayer and ask him to give you an opportunity to testify to someone. He will answer your prayer and open opportunities. If you never think about testifying, you will not see the opportunities.

God is looking to see if we are faithful. If we make up our mind to be faithful, like Daniel, when the hard times come we will not be shaken from our Christian foundation.

    His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

The final judgment will not be about what what great things you did, but about how faithful you were. God has given every one of us a gift in salvation, and we need to be responsible with it. If we are not faithful, in the little things, God will not give us bigger things to be responsible for. When it comes time for each one of us to face God, we want to hear him say; “well done, thou good and faithful servant.”  We need to be faithful about our burden for the work of God.

Can the Lord count you faithful?
Is your heart true today?
Is your life pure and holy?
What does your conscience say?

Look in the Bible, brother,
Then at the way you live:
Can the Lord as He views you,
His full approval give?

Can the dear Savior trust you,
Wher-er’r your path may lead,
Staunchly to stand, and loyal?
Will you be His indeed?

“Faithful to death,” the motto,
Shines on our banners high;
Faithful to Christ forever,
This is our battle cry.

Can the Lord count on you today?
Will you His pure commands obey?
Ever keep steadfast all the way,
Can the Lord count you faithful?
~C.W. Naylor