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“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV)

“Faith and Faithfulness are inter-dependent.  Faith is total dependence on God. Faithfulness is our being dependable to God and man.”  This is the quality of fidelity (loyalty), reliability.  Faithfulness has become a rare characteristic in our era (Ps. 12:1-2, Prov. 20:6).  But it should not be rare for believers.

God is faithful – we can just about open the Bible to any passage and find a reference to or example of God’s faithfulness.  “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)  “With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”  (Psalms 89:1b)  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

How do we develop faith in our lives?  “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)  We must be diligent students of the Word of God – the Bible.   It is in the Scriptures that we learn in full what ‘faith’ truly means.

One extremely important part of faithfulness is that we must be faithful in the little things, the things that sometimes may seem unimportant.  Things like being on time to class, keeping your promise to buy goodies for your little brother, paying your friend back the dollar you borrowed.  These things may seem small, but they can develop habits that will last the rest of your life.

Remember the parable of the talents in Matthew 25? The master rewarded those who had been good stewards of what he had entrusted him with.  “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (Matt 25:21 & 23)  God must see that we are faithful with little responsibilities before He will give us bigger tasks.   For me this means doing my chores, finishing school work on time, having a daily devotional time, diligently praying for others, etc.  In the past, I have caught myself wondering why God hasn’t given me anything “important” to do.  It’s then that I must look around at what tasks I have been given, and see how I can do a better job with those.  God will not give us more than He knows we can handle. (1 Cor. 10:13)  And if we feel like we can’t fulfill the duty He has given us, we can always fall back on Him, Who is always faithful to enable us.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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