There are many people in the Bible who have modeled faithfulness to their family, community and to God. Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth and Esther are just a few of the notable faithful servants in the Old Testament. They modeled for us faithfulness to God but they could not empower us to be faithful. The New Testament is built on one central character who is the Son of God. His name is Jesus. He not only models faithfulness but gives us the power to be faithful.
Unfortunately, faithfulness is fading away from the church. There seems to be no single reason. The older generation is not able to engage in ministry at the level they once did due to their declining energy levels. Middle aged people are caught in the middle of caring for their parents, children and grandchildren. Their time for church has diminished. The younger generation cannot stay focused on any one project to maintain faithfulness to their mission. Their children could be engaged in activities that meet on Sunday. Thus the church is losing a generation of children and a people who will serve faithfully.
To be faithful means to be committed to a mission until the mission is completed. When one commits to faithfulness one must prepare to go through the following stages. Firstly, our faithfulness to the church begins with our faithfulness to our Savior. When we celebrate Christ’s saving grace and all He has done for us, we realize we owe a debt to Him. Secondly, when we think about the sacrifice Jesus made for us on Calvary’s cross, it should motivate us to make sacrifices for Him. Thirdly, as Christians we should support the body of Christ which is the church by being consistent in weekly attendance, engaged in a ministry and offer financial support for ministry and missions. Christ can equip us and empower us to execute a faithful ministry.
Faithfulness requires the use of our time, treasure and talent. Today join me in saying to God the Creator, Jesus our Savior, I will serve You faithfully.