Young Adults Christian Groups

The words of Proverbs 3:5 & 6 are well known by many believers. These were some of the first verses I memorised, and they have provided strength and comfort for many years. But what about the verses before these two, can anyone remember them? I’ve never taken time to memorise them, but I think I might. They say:

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good success in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3 – 4)

We know that God is love and He is faithful, and my word we are thankful that He is. But what about us? How is our faithfulness displayed towards God? How is it displayed towards one another?

Paul knew and valued God’s faithfulness, and he valued the faithfulness of his brothers in Christ also because he knew what it was like to feel let down and abandoned. He writes to Timothy:

Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica – Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. (2 Timothy 4:9 – 11)

You can hear his pain – forsaken is a strong word. What was the reason Demas abandoned Paul? He loved this present world. Maybe that’s a key to faithfulness – to not love this present world.

The Bible teaches that faithfulness is evidence of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer as one of the Fruits of the Spirit listed. Faithfulness is also highlighted repeatedly throughout Scripture as something God promises to reward:

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21).

The key to faithfulness is having the heart of a servant, and a love for God and His promises of what is to come. I wonder if that is why faithful people stand out from the crowd, because they swim against the current of popular culture that declares: “Put yourself first! The most important person in the world is you!”

As we consider our commitment to God and to one another today, our commitment to live the life of a servant, pray and ask: ‘How can I display faithfulness and steadfast love to You today, Lord?” And also, allow me to encourage you to consider your brothers and sisters and notice their faithfulness. And as you do, encourage them. Tell them that you notice their faithful service, and that God does also. Tell them how much you value them, and remind them of the reward that is coming their way. Of course the greatest of rewards is ‘the joy of our master.’