The Pryor Times

June 6, 2013

Evidence of faithfullness


— Faithfulness to God is extremely important.  God said of Moses, in Numbers 12:7, “He is faithful in all My house.”  God rejected Eli’s sons, because they were not faithful.  After telling Eli that both of his sons would die on the same day, God said in I Samuel 2:35, “Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.”

What does it mean to be faithful?  How do we show God that we are faithful?  Usually, the first thing we think about in showing faithfulness is in attendance.  God certainly does want us to faithfully attend worship services.  Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  If we are faithful to God, we will worship Him regularly.

But faithfulness involves more than just being present physically.  We also need to consider our attitude in worship.  Jesus said in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  To worship God in truth means to worship God according to His instructions given to us in His word, which is truth (John 17:17).  We need to realize that worship is directed to God, not to man.  When we worship, we are to do the things that please God, rather than trying to satisfy ourselves.  He tells us how He wants us to worship Him, and if we are faithful, we will worship Him the way He says, without adding our own preferences to it.

But our worship is also to be in spirit.  That means we really think about the words we sing as we praise Him in song.  It means that we carefully listen when someone leads public prayer, so that we are truly communicating with God.   We are to meditate on our Savior’s sacrifice on the cross as we partake of the Lord’s Supper.  And when God’s word is being spoken, we are to let it speak to our own heart.

Another area where we are to demonstrate our faithfulness to God is in our giving to Him each first day of the week.  Paul wrote in I Corinthians 16:1-2, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”  How faithful are we in our giving?  Do we give to Him each first day of the week, whether we are able to attend or not?  This is God’s command.  Will He consider me faithful if I do not obey Him?

Faithfulness to God should include regular Bible study.  2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  We need to begin at an early age to study the Bible.  I Peter 2:2 says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”  And this growth should continue throughout our lives. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  When we cease to grow in knowledge, we cease to be faithful, for this is one of God’s commands.  God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Faithfulness to God should be demonstrated in our everyday lives.  Husbands are to be faithful to their wives, and wives are to be faithful to their husbands.  Children are to be obedient to their parents, and everyone is to be in submission to those who have authority over them. Faithfulness is shown by our obedience to God’s word.