The Fruits Of Faithfulness Part 2
March 11th, 2016 Devotional
BEING FAITHFUL (TRUE) TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE
If you are going to become a faithful person, then you must first understand what faithfulness is. How is faithfulness defined? First of all, the Hebrew word for faithful is defined as “normal fidelity, trustworthiness, stability, and steadiness.” The Greek definition is similar: it means trustworthy, sure, and true.
Let’s also look for a moment at the root word for faithfulness--faith. The Greek word faith, if it is used as a verb means simply “to believe.” If it’s used as a noun, it means “belief.”
As I was meditating on these things in prayer, the Lord gave me a simple definition for faith and faithfulness. It really ministered to me, and I think it will minister to you as well. He said, “Faith is what you believe. Faithful is being true to what you believe.”
Well then, if faith is what you believe… what do you believe? If you’re a Christian, then your standard of belief is what we refer to as the Judeo/Christian ethic. In other words, the Bible. Now it’s one thing to believe something; it’s another thing to be faithful to what you believe. And I am convinced that the reason believers do not abound with blessings is because they simply haven’t been true to what they believe. Meaning: they are unfaithful.
People consistently make excuses for not being true to what they believe, and then they wonder why they don’t abound with the blessings. As a matter of fact, I’ll show you in the Word how a person’s inability to be true to what they believe is connected to one central problem—their failure to be “faithful in that which is least.”
FAITHFUL IN THAT WHICH IS LEAST
The verse I am referring to is in Luke 16:10: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
The phrase “faithful in that which is least” is talking about how you use your money. Now you may not understand intellectually the connection between your use of money and your ability to be faithful to pray, read the Bible, serve in ministry, or to forgive someone who has wronged you, but according to the Word of God, faithfulness on any level is impossible until you become faithful in the use of your money.
In the process of becoming a faithful man or woman, this is where it begins.
Now understand this, if you learn to be faithful with your money, it doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be faithful in all the other areas of your life. There are other steps that must be taken in order to become faithful in those areas. What it does mean is that you simply cannot become faithful in any other area without first taking care of the money matter.
Now don’t stop reading! I know that your flesh may not like to hear this, but I didn’t make this up. Read it again; “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” This is Bible truth; I must tell you the truth.
Word For Today: Vision II
Do you have a “Vision?” I hope so, because it’s vital to your overall success and achievement in life. Fred Pryor said, “Vision” is the process that allows you to think ahead to where you want to be and to create a workable plan to lead you there. Proverbs 29:18 says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”