Yesterday’s message encouraged me. (Did you know “encourage” means “press strength into”? When I first heard that explanation a picture came to mind of someone coming alongside a friend or brother and gently puuuuushing into that one strength needed for what’s coming.) So I’m continuing to think on faithfulness. Can I have my devotions from the dictionary? Just once? 😉 If these portraits are portraits of faithfulness maybe another round of meditation on the word would be in order.
The word “faithful” is an adjective, and as such describes something. I may as well get personal right away, it’s supposed to describe me! As I think on the word I’m taking note – how’m I doing?
- thorough in performance of a duty
- true to one’s word or promises, vows, etc.
- steady in allegiance or affection. Loyal.
- reliable, trusted, believed
- adhering true to a fact, a standard, (ex: a faithful account, a faithful copy) In this context, true to the Word
It’s what God wants (I Corinthians 4.2)
It’s what I want to offer Him (Matthew 25.22)
It’s one of the things I want to be said of me – of my life”
“He was faithful to God” Not perfect, mercy no. But when viewed over time – faithful to the Savior.
I want to hear from my Savior, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25.23)
So I’m thinking about “Faithful” this week. I’m adopting Paul’s words as my reason for doing so:
Finally, brethren, we request and exhort ou in the Lord Jesus that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk) that you may excel still more. (emphasis mine ) I Thessalonians 4.1
Father God, I want to honor you with a life of excellence, part of which is my faithfulness to you in response to Your unfailing faithfulness.
Jesus, thank you for showing us all what faithfulness looks like!!
Spirit, I welcome your work and influence in my life