Faithfulness: The Key to Promotion
BY PASTOR RON ENGET | NEW LIFE LEAD PASTOR
Proverbs 28:19-20 describes two people who have very similar desires. Both want to live a life of abundance and blessing. The difference is seen in how each one approaches the fulfillment of their desires: ”Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.”
These are two radically different approaches. One is willing to be faithful over a long period of time – in spite of obstacles, trials, and the test of time. He doesn’t change according to circumstances, but continues to be faithful and do the right things over and over again for a long period of time.
The other one is motivated by greed and covetousness. He wants it all. And he wants it now. In the end, hastiness does not lead to the wealth and blessing he desires – but faithfulness does.
What is faithfulness? It is diligent and persistent effort over an extended period of time. Effort that is constant – in the same direction – no matter the obstacles or difficulties.
Faithfulness is so often rare in the body of Christ. Many start well but give up easily when things don’t happen as quickly as they hoped. Many drop out of the Christian life all together, filled with disappointment and bitterness. No wonder the blessings of God are out of reach for them.
Here are 3 foundational truths that will enable you to walk in faithfulness over a long period of time:
1. The foundation of faithfulness is a strong, growing faith.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Being full of faith is the foundation of being faith-full! When you are full of faith you persevere, overcome obstacles, and never quit. You are faithful because you are full of faith.
2. The devil’s number one strategy is to destroy a believer’s faith.
1 Peter 1:6-9 tells us that our faith is much more precious than gold, and it will be tried with fire! Our faith is our most prized personal possession. It only makes sense that Satan would try to destroy it. Without faith, we will not inherit eternal life. Without faith, we will walk away from God into everlasting punishment.
More importantly, if you lose your faith, you will lose your faithfulness. Instead, you will be driven by emotions, fears, and the opinions of others. Without faith and the resultant characteristic of faithfulness, we are motivated by circumstances and logic – just like the rest of the world that is lost without God.
3. Jesus is our example of faithfulness.
He was “obedient unto death” no matter what He faced (Philippians 2:5-11). He always obeyed the Father, even in the most trying circumstances, without any regard to his personal comfort. He prayed, “Not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42). Because of His faithfulness, He was highly exalted and every knee shall bow before Him (Philippians 2:9-11).
In Matthew 25:14-30 we read the parable of the talents. The master went away on a long journey and distributed his talents to his servants. To one he gave 5, to another he gave 2, and to yet another he gave 1.
When the master returned a long time later, he demanded his servants give account of what they had accomplished.
The servant with 5 talents was faithful, and he doubled the talents. Same with the servant with two talents – he doubled them. But the servant with 1 talent – he buried it.
The master was angry with the lazy servant and commanded him to give his 1 talent to the servant who had doubled his talents to 10.
Then the Lord said to the profitable servant (who now possessed 11 talents), “You have been faithful over a few things, now I will make you ruler over much!” (Matthew 25:21).
The bottom line is this: If we can trust God enough to obey Him over a long period of testing, God will trust us in return and will give us more, and more, and more - rewards, blessings, and responsibility!
Don’t give up! Its more than worth it to be faithful!
Pastor Ron Enget
New Life Lead Pastor // Beulah, Bismarck, and Jamestown