November 11, 2016

Reward of Faithfulness

Written by Boyd Bailey

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Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 11, 2016

This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.  Revelation 14:12

Faithfulness is doing what I said I would do. It is an integrity issue. Commitments are not to be taken lightly. For example, a verbal commitment is an unwritten contract. However, these can be the most risky and the most misunderstood. If we make a verbal commitment it behooves us to make sure it is understood by all parties involved. Slow down, communicate more and show up on time for appointments. Less is more. Most of us would be much better off if we focused on fewer commitments.

The Lord has been faithful even in our unfaithfulness. God says what He does and does what He says. He is faithful to forgive our sin and lead us to forgive. He is faithful to convict us of sin and to lead us into righteousness. He is faithful to flood our souls with peace, joy and contentment. God understands what it means to keep a commitment—even at great cost—the death of His only son. Indeed, the Lord is faithful to the faithful.

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless…” (Psalm 18:25).

After our conversion we made a commitment to follow Christ. Following Jesus requires fidelity of faith. There are no equals to our love for Him. When He says in His word to “let our yes be yes and our no be no” then we must do so because we want to be faithful to Him and others.

Unfaithfulness will catch up with us if not quickly remedied. How many of us go to bed with conflicting relational commitments? Do not let work, hobbies, children or money become your idols of activity. Faithfulness begins and ends in follow through with our commitments to God.

The Lord defines and rewards your faithfulness. Your faithfulness does not go unnoticed or unrewarded. One of the greatest rewards is the gift of trust. Faithfulness births and grows trust, so over time you earn the reputation of a trustworthy person. Those who can be trusted with a little can be trusted with much. Thus, be faithful, so you can be trusted. Above all—be faithful—because He is faithful. The words  “well done” are what a faithful servant hears from their Master Jesus.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:23)!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to remain faithful in the face of unfaithful forces.

Application

How is the Lord faithful to me? To what commitment do I need to remain faithful?

Related Reading

Deuteronomy 7:9; 11:13; Psalm 37:28; Matthew 5:37; 1 Timothy 1:12

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