At a recent men’s meeting we discussed the topic of faithfulness in our lives and why it is important. The Bible in 2 Timothy 2:2 says, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
I also learned a principle from Edwin Louis Cole that says, “God commits to character, not talent.” There is hardly ever a shortage of talent but so often there is a shortage of men of godly character. You may have seen this in the marketplace where people pay bribes or cheat one another to get their way.
You have seen it in politics as well where politicians do not keep their word but have a tendency to advance their own agendas at the expense of the majority.
“We are called upon not to be successful, but to be faithful.” ~ Mother Theresa
In your own life you may be the kind of person that is constantly pursuing success and it may be evading you. Success comes about as a result of faithfulness to the mission that God has called you to. Faithfulness has three components that I will break down to you below:
Being constant is closely related to being consistent in anything you do. It means being unwavering at all times. Are you unwavering at your job or the business you are building? Are you giving your dream everything you have through the good and the tough times? The answers to these questions will tell you much about your faithfulness to what you are supposed to do.
Anyone who has done great work has or had a great level of constancy in what they were doing. They may have stumbled along the way but they did what was required of them to do. The success they enjoyed was a result of constantly doing that which they were called to do.
Being constant can be hard especially when you do not see any fruit in what you are doing but God will be faithful to you as you remain faithful to Him.
This aspect of faithfulness is seen in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) where three servants’ loyalty is tested by their master. One of them fails the test and in so doing shows that his allegiance was not with his master. The outcome was that what he had was taken away from him and given to the more productive servant.
“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” ~ Matthew 25:29
Unless you are faithful with what belongs to someone else God cannot trust you with your own things. You may be trying to build a business unsuccessfully because of unfaithfulness to your employer. Be faithful with what God has entrusted to you and you will qualify to have your own.
Unless you master this aspect of faithfulness you will be stuck in the same position until you do. Walking around the proverbial mountain is not a pleasant experience especially when it’s time that you rose to the next level of your life. Be loyal to whom you are to be loyal to and God will exalt you in due season.
Submission entails surrendering your will for God’s will. This will often come in the form of submitting to authority and doing things you may not necessarily want to do but have to because God has commanded it. Submitting to authority may mean swallowing your pride and humbling yourself for God to elevate you to a higher level.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” ~ James 4:7
As the scripture above says, submit yourself to God and as a result you will be able to submit to the authority figures in your life.
As you focus on these three aspects of faithfulness success will come as a by-product. In everything you do be faithful and obedient to what God says you should do and He will be faithful to keep His promises to you.