August 27th, 2012
This past Sunday evening Evangelist Brian McBride preached to an overflow crowd here at Grace Baptist Church. Bro. McBride preached an incredible message on the subject “Does Faithfulness Really Matter?”. I heard scores of folks after the service rejoicing in both the great encouragement and the powerful challenge. How Important Is Faithfulness?
The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, asked a profound question in Proverbs 20:6, “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” How Important Is Faithfulness? Faith is a Theological term. Faithfulness is an Ethical term. Faith speaks of What You Believe; Faithfulness speaks of How Much You Believe It. Faith deals with Who You Are; Faithfulness deals with What You Do. I recently found this quote that said, “The Spirit filled man is a faithful man. He is faithful to his friends. He is faithful in his secular job and in his Christian service. The world has confidence in him, and God can trust him!”
Can God count on you? How Important Is Faithfulness?
1. With God Accountability Is Regarded.
I Corinthians 4:1 “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” In this text, Paul explains that God wants men who just want to serve Him. He wants men who are willing to be accountable.
The great Confederate general Robert E. Lee once said, “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things; you cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less!”
God Desires our service. And, God Deserves our service. As Ministers For Christ, we are accountable to Him for Our Role. As Stewards Of Christ, we are accountable to Him for Our Rule. We are to take what God has given, or loaned to us, and get the most out of it for the advancement of His kingdom and His honor and His glory.
2. With God Responsibility Is Required.
I Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
Our responsibility as Ministers For Christ and Stewards Of Christ is to be faithful. We are to be counted on. It is not a matter open for debate, discussion, or deliberation. God requires it of us, and it is to be a priority in our lives.
A young, devoted missionary in Central America. He had encountered great difficulties, and persecution in his attempt to reach the natives with the gospel. He wrote a letter to his parents back home, that read:
“The work is hard, and I go about on fishing boats all day long. At night I sleep on piles of hides on the decks. The people here don’t seem much interested in the Gospel message that I bring, and sometimes the enemy attacks me with discouragement, and tries to convince me that it all has been a failure. But, I take courage, and press on, for I remember that God doesn’t hold me responsible for success, only faithfulness!”
3. With God Dependability Is Rewarded.
When we do what God Desires; when we do what God Deserves; and, when we do what God Demands; we receive what God Delights to do, and that is reward us.
If your car started one out of every three times, would you see it as dependable? If your newspaper was delivered 3-4 days out of a week, would you see it as reliable? If your refrigerator stops working for a day, every now and then, would you consider it to be faithful?
There is one thing of which I am convinced and that is God honors faithfulness. I believe that there is a special place in the heart of God for those who have been dependable, accountable, reliable, and faithful down through the years. God rewards it. Be faithful to Christ, your church, your commitments and your conscience.