FAITHFUL!

Ministers have a lot of different jobs. One of the jobs that we have as ministers is to teach, motivate and encourage faithfulness.  I have noticed that it is getting harder and harder to help people get their lives to a place of consistent and growing faithfulness.  We talk a good game, but we usually come up way short of where we need to be.

I have discovered that everybody is faithful to something.  The challenge for the minister is to help people to be faithful to the right something or a better way of putting it would be:  To help people be faithful to the right someone!

Faithfulness does not just happen! Faithfulness takes work – hard work!  Each of us should take some time to think about the faithfulness that Jesus has expressed to us.  Think about the fact that Jesus gave His life so that we might have life!  Does He deserve our faithfulness?  Could we grow in our faithfulness to and for Him?  You bet we could and you know that we should!  Let His faithfulness to you motivate you to be faithful to Him!

As children most of us learned a simple and powerful little song – Jesus Loves Me! It says:  “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so!”  Little ones to Him belong, we are weak, but He is strong!”  “Yes – Jesus loves me!”  “Yes – Jesus loves me!”  “Yes – Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so!”

Jesus does love you and me and because of this amazing love – He deserves our faithfulness! Remember:  Faithfulness does not just happen!  It is going to take hard work on your part, but if you will give yourself to that work and purpose, it will make more of a difference than you could ever dream or realize!  What can you do right now in this moment that will help you to be more faithful to Jesus?  Now – Do it!

2 thoughts on “FAITHFUL!”

  1. I know it’s not just me, in fact I think I’m in a really large group. It’s a day to day scratch and claw every measure of faithfulness I can muster sometimes. It isn’t that I don’t want to be faithful; it’s just the opposite. It’s obvious to me that I make my biggest mistakes when I try to sort my life out instead of letting God do exactly what I pray for Him to do, which is for His will to be done not mine. Some days it’s like the dam broke that was holding back all of the challenges of life and then I start trying to do all of swimming for myself. Well we all know where that gets us. I know the right way to handle the issues I face all day long everyday. The trouble with my faithfulness starts when I begin believing in my own abilities and stop leaning on the every lasting arms of Jesus. Yes Jesus loves me this I know, but not just because to the bible tells me so, for me it’s mostly because He shows me so all day, everyday. In my life it’s not so much that I have moments of not being close to God, it’s more that I don’t let myself feel His constant closeness to me. I hate disappointing God so desperately. I have no doubts it’s impossible for God to disappoint me. God is the only way I know of to get the peace that passes all understanding. The more I’m faithful to Him the more at peace I am with myself. If it was easy we would already be with Jesus, right?

  2. Thanks for quoting from Anna Warner’s hymn, “Jesus Loves Me.” (Today is the 185th anniversary of her birth.) However, Phillip’s reply caught my eye too. I wouldn’t be so quick to pass over “the Bible tells me so.” That is as much the point of the song as “Jesus loves me.”

    If our focus is on how the Lord “shows” us he loves us day by day, our faith will tend to be unstable and changeable. Frail humans that we are, there are bound to be days when we don’t feel loved, when it seems the clouds obscure the sun. How do we know we are loved on such days? The Bible tells us so.

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