FAITHFUL – “STEADFAST, DEDICATED, DEPENDABLE AND WORTHY OF TRUST” – Henry Blackaby
Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at character. Your character is who you are when no one is looking and what you are willing to stand for when someone is looking. One of the greatest qualities of character that we as followers of Christ can have is faithfulness.
Now, faithfulness is not a one and done thing. It is a lifelong goal. It is persevering and remaining true to Christ and to the Word during the trails, the discouragements, and the difficulties we face as well as during our joys and successes.
Some of us may have been unfaithful in our lives. Some of us may have stumbled in our walk with Christ. But, there is good news. Forgiveness is available for those who recognize their failures and repent.
Peter, on his third denial of Christ , heard the rooster crow. At that moment, Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Immediately Peter recognized his disloyalty and ran away weeping bitterly (Luke 22:60-62). But Jesus knew the heart of Peter, and after the resurrection, Jesus looked at Peter again. Repentant Peter was forgiven, restored, and commissioned by the Lord (John 21:15-19).
Luke wrote, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10). This week, measure your faithfulness by applying this principle to your faithfulness to your family, friends, self, and employer. You will find it harder to be faithful to God if faithfulness is not part of who you are in your other relationships.