“Knowing that whatsoever GOOD thing ANY man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free (saved, born-again; or lost) Ephesians 6:8
Did you know that it is easier at times to be good or “good” at something than it is to be “faithful?” It is written in the book of Proverbs, “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6 KJV). The Bible also teaches in I Corinthians 4:2, Moreover it is required in stewards (servants of the Lord), that a man be found faithful.
A quick trip to the dictionary will show that the word, “faithful” has more than one meaning. It is often used to describe someone who is “filled” with faith in their religious beliefs and actions. According to the book of Hebrews, chapter eleven verse one, biblical faith is defined as, “Now, Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.” One can often hear a fellow believer encourage another believer by saying, “Keep the Faith.” In other words, maintain an anchor of Hope in God when all around seems lost and hopeless. (Romans 8:28).
The word, “faithful,” can also mean one who is dedicated and trustworthy in their actions, deeds, and responsibilities. Oh, how an employer loves to have a “faithful” employee! And, a pastor loves to have a faithful congregation! And, let’s not forget…a husband loves a faithful wife; as a wife loves a faithful husband! Both the spiritual and secular world places a tremendous amount of value on one who is found to be “faithful.”
But, what about being, “good?” The Bible teaches, “There is none good; no not one” (Romans 3:10). (A rather hard truth for some to accept!)…As believers, we learn that God is Good and the only way a man can become “good” in God’s eyes is through the “righteousness” of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. However, the Bible also teaches that, “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” In God’s eyes, our own “goodness” is as filthy rags….Any parent will confess that you do not have to teach your child to tell a lie. Even a three-year-old with chocolate cookie all over his or her face will look right into the eyes of an adult and say, “No, I didn’t eat a cookie.” Not being “good” is in our nature as a result of the fallen state of mankind in the Garden of Eden. Thus, we all stand in need of our Savior, Christ Jesus. (John 3:16).
But, we can learn to do and live that which is “right” and “good” when our hearts are filled with God’s Word, love, acceptance, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. However, from a secular perspective (non-religious), a person can also be “educated” and “trained” to perform well or to do good at certain tasks, expectations, and behaviors…But, here is the vast difference between being good and being faithful….One CANNOT be “educated,” “trained,” or “taught” to be Faithful…Faithfulness and being faithful is found deep within a person’s character, heart, and spirit; it is a matter of heart…
Most people are “faithful” to their jobs in order to get a paycheck! Naturally; we all want to eat, clothe ourselves, and have a roof over our heads! Sadly, those who are not faithful at work tend to lose their jobs or careers somewhere down the road. But, what about being “faithful” to a cause, belief, obligation, or another person? This is when “faithfulness” becomes a manifestation of the inward heart of man.
How many times have we set out to be “faithful” to a particular “cause,” “obligation,” “responsibility,” “belief,” or to another person to only end up breaking our committment or loyalty? In our society, it’s even hard to remain “faithful” while dieting!
We can all be “good” at times (Hopefully more good than bad!)…But, being faithful to something or to someone takes consistency, courage, dedication, will-power, self-discipline, and Love. As humans, it requires a whole lot of discipline to be “faithful” to something or to someone who we do not love, like, or enjoy…Being “faithful” to something or someone we love just comes easier in life.
So, the next time we take a self-inventory list of ourselves and decide we have some pretty “good” qualities going on within our lives, let’s also examine how “faithful” we are to those things that are most important in life…God, family, church, and service to others? I hope the results of both are rewarding and one day we shall hear the mighty voice of God saying to us, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23) I pray to be both! Amen….
Remember, God Loves You.
Lin T Rollins, Author
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