Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.
Every responsibility and relationship requires commitment and faithfulness. Faithfulness is a rare and remarkable virtue. Unfaithfulness brings troubles and problems to every covenant and relationship. In God’s service and relationship, it requires faithfulness. God requires faithful servants to accomplish His plans and purposes (Matthew 28:18-20). He requires faithful workers for his harvest (Like 10:2). He requires faithful and wise servants to administer the household of faith (Matthew 24:45-51). He requires faithful servants to stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30). Reward and punishment await every servant. Faithfulness in God is not lip service. It needs sacrifice and commitment to fulfill it. Declaring to be faithful to God is not a valid ground to show faithfulness. Circumstances or conditions will reveal faithfulness in God.
When can faithfulness in God be revealed?
1. In times when no one is watching
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. (Matthew 24:45-46 NIV)
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. (Colossians 3:22-25 NIV)
Hypocrisy invades every place and race, and the church is not free from its venom or poison. Jesus fearlessly rebukes the Pharisees and the teachers of the law for their hypocrisy. These people do good works and perform their religious zeal only for a show (Matthew 6:1-18). They love and work for praise and honor in the eyes of men. Some people have a dual personality, one if there is an eye or camera watching, and one if there is none. Jesus shows that a faithful and wise servant works even his master is not around. Most workers work sincerely if the owner or manager is on the worksite. Paul urged Christian slaves to obey their earthly masters wholeheartedly not when their eye was on them as they are working for the Lord, their master. God’s servants must serve and work faithfully even if there are no earthly eyes are watching. God must be their audience not the eyes of men. Right motives must fuel every Christian in their service to God. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times when no one is watching. Who are we when no one is watching?
2. In times when man’s will is contrary to God’s will
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39 NIV)
The war that takes place at Gethsemane is the war of will. Man’s will is in the opposite direction to God’s will. The seriousness of the will of man not to drink the cup of suffering is shown by the repeated plea. But Jesus shows his faithfulness to the Father by obeying the will of the Father. He surrenders, submits, and aligns his will to the Father’s will. Servants of God must obey God’s will even if their will is not in line with the will of God to demonstrate their faithfulness. Wordly cravings and desires will alienate Christians from doing the will of God. It will fuel them to oppose God’s will. The desires of the flesh are contrary to the desires of the Spirit. Inner conflict occurs and believers should obey the desires of the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:16-16). Christians must follow Jesus’ obedience because God’s plan is the best and perfect plan. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times when man’s will is contrary to God’s will. Whose will should prevail?
3. In times of danger and threat
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve can deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ” (Daniel 3:16-18 NIV)
Sometimes fear will conquer believers to disown and hide their faith in God as Peter did to Jesus. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego show their faithfulness in God by refusing to worship the image of gold set up by the king of Babylon even death will be the cost of their actions. Faithfulness fueled their words and actions that even God will not rescue them from death they will remain loyal to their God. Faithfulness makes them strong to face the danger and threats in their lives. They value God over their lives and will never shift to worship other gods. Servants of God must possess the mind and hearts of the three faithful and unstoppable worshippers of God. Christians should remember that their lives are already in the hands of God, and the living and faithful God will always be there to help and save his faithful servants. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times of danger and threat. Can danger and threat extinguish the fire of faithfulness in the lives of the faithful servants of God?
4. In times of hardships and sufferings
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (Job 1:9-10 NIV)
Painful sufferings will overpower some believers to stop and leave the journey of faith. Job is bombarded with bitter hardships and sufferings at all angles but he remains faithful to God. Severe trials can’t snatch his faithfulness in God. Satan failed to push Job away from the field of faithfulness. Hardships and sufferings await every servant and disciple of Christ (Matthew 16:24). It is the cost of discipleship and service to Christ. It is part of the Christian life as he participates in the suffering of Christ (1 Peter 4:12-18). Faithfulness is shown in hardship and pain than in prosperity and success. A servant of God must be willing to undergo hardships and sufferings to illustrate his faithfulness. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times of hardships and sufferings. Can the pain overpower a faithful servant of God?
5. In times of persecution and opposition
The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! (Acts 5:27-29 NIV)
The apostles and the early church show their faithfulness in God by facing fierce persecution and opposition in spreading God’s gospel of salvation. Religious leaders’ orders and threats do not hinder them to obey God. They are not afraid of beatings, imprisonment, and even death in proclaiming the risen Lord and Savior. No persecution and opposition can stop and block their faithfulness in God. Christians should exhibit the same zeal and faithfulness as the apostles and the early church did. Satan will use persecutions to prevent the proclamation of the gospel to the lost world. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times of persecution and opposition. Can persecution and opposition stop a faithful servant of God from speaking the truth?
6. In times of wrongdoings
Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:74-75 NIV)
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.” (2 Samuel 12:13-14 NIV)
Sin aims to alienate people away from God. It will enslave anyone to keep it away from God’s plan and purpose. It will hinder the effectiveness of any servant of God by causing a relationship problem between him and God. Peter disowned Jesus three times and David committed adultery and murder. Both servants of God committed wrongdoings or sins but their faithful heart beats for repentance to show their faithfulness in God. Their repentance brings restoration to their relationship with God. A faithful servant of God when falls into sin will not remain in the field of sin but will repent and connect back to God. Sin will bring a feeling of condemnation and unworthiness but God will forgive and purify us if confess and turn around from sin (1 John 1:9). A repentant heart is a faithful heart. Faithfulness in God will be revealed in times of wrongdoings. Can sin snatch a faithful servant away from God?
God requires and loves a faithful service offered to him by his servants. His faithfulness will abide and meet every need of his faithful workers. A faithful servant must work beyond earthly eyes, willing to surrender his will to God, willing to face dangers, sufferings, and persecutions, and willing to turn around from sin. A motive of a faithful servant is to please and glorify God.
© 2021 Rosualdo Ponce