Oftentimes, when I hear the word ‘faithful,’ I think about it in the context of relationships. Romantic relationships, friendships, business relationships, etc. I also think about God’s faithfulness, and His many promises to us in His Word. I think about how Jesus gave His life for our freedom, and the hope and joy that it brings.
And every now and then, I think about my faithfulness to God. Is my faithfulness to Him apparent in my life, my actions, my words? I believe that my faithfulness to God goes far beyond showing up at church every Sunday. I believe that my faithfulness to God is a lifestyle. Faithfulness is consistent and intentional. It requires you to look past what others may think, or the temporary things that you may lose.
“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 10:33 (KJV)
I remember having friends that only contacted me when they needed something. A ride to an event, a letter of recommendation, help writing a paper. They didn’t contact me to see how I was doing, but to see what I could do for them. I was also there for them during their dark times, but I didn’t receive the same level of support in return. After a while, it no longer felt like a friendship. Instead, I just felt used.
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you weren’t paying as much attention to God, but you still expected Him to do everything you needed and wanted? I’ve been in that place before. And I’ve wondered how it made Him feel. The truth is, we’re all faithful to something. We’re all committed to something.
It’s not a bad thing to be committed to your job, the family that you cherish, or something that God has blessed you to have or be a part of. However, we must remember that we cannot allow those things to take God’s designated place in our hearts.
How can we be faithful to God? We can start by intentionally spending time with Him. Even with the busyness of life, it’s important to set aside time each day to spend with our Savior. We were created in His image, and we were created to communicate with Him. The more time you spend with God and reading His Word, the more clearly you can hear His voice. The Holy Spirit will also lovingly convict you and lead you to make changes in your life that are pleasing to God.
Living a life that honors God is not always the most popular choice. But from an eternal perspective, it’s all that matters. Not your past, and not your mistakes. Jesus died so that your past no longer matters. In this moment, you have the choice to surrender to God and make the decision to live a life committed to Him. You have the choice to build a relationship with the very one who created you, who has amazing plans for you, and who loves you without conditions.
You have the choice to stop putting Him second, and make Him front and center. At the end of your life, will God be pleased with your relationship with Him, or will He wish that He could have spent more time with you?
“I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.”
Hosea 6:6 (NLT)
My prayer is that our faithfulness to God will be unwavering, and that we will cherish the opportunity we have to be in relationship with Him. “First and Only” by Elevation Worship reminds me that God is enough, and that He is faithful to restore us, even when we’ve drifted away.
First and Only by Elevation Worship