Jesus was faithful and faithfulness was and is His character. We earlier defined faithfulness as being committed to a cause, person or message in such a way as to be dependable and also as a commitment to the purpose of positive distinction. From this definition of faithfulness, we can see that faithfulness brings uniqueness to your character, with a clarity of purpose, a definiteness, and direction.
We are looking at the purposeful commitment of Jesus Christ with clarity and distinction. We likewise are not just following Jesus blindly or hanging on to religion; we’re committed with a purpose in following Jesus Christ. It is important to know that faithfulness does not just work in your life; it’s a decision you make. You choose to be faithful and to have faithfulness to your character and build it in your spirit. You become a faithful person by choice, and you’ll know that you’re faithful if you are.
Heb 3 v 1 – 2: Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointed him, as Moses was faithful in all his house. In this scripture, we see the faithfulness of Jesus as a character; Jesus was faithful to God who appointed him. The Bible says we should be imitators of Jesus; we should have the character of Christ and be like him.
Heb 2 v 17: Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Jesus distinguished Himself and was faithful to God who appointed him. We can imitate this principle of life by which Jesus lived.
John 4 v 34: Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Also read Rev.1:5; Rev.3:14 (NIV).
EXAMPLES OF FAITHFUL MEN IN THE SCRIPTURES
Faithful men and women have always been the key to God’s program in the earth, and from the scriptures, we see that God did great things with their lives. Some examples of faithful men in the scriptures are:
- Abraham: God found Abraham to be faithful: Nehemiah 9 v 7 – 8; Genesis 18 v 19; Galatians 3 v 9.
- Moses: Moses was faithful in God’s house; he did everything that God asked him to do. God testified that Moses was more than a prophet and was faithful. Hebrews 3 v 1 – 2 , Numbers 12 v 6 -7.
- David: Ahimelek, the priest of God, testified that David was a faithful man: 1 Samuel 22 v 14.
- Daniel: Daniel 6 v 4 – 5 (NIV): Daniel was faithful; the scriptures say that he was neither corrupt nor negligent. He was faithful in all his dealings. Daniel was true to God; his faithfulness was with direction and he was clear on who he was faithful to and what his faithfulness was about. He remained faithful to God even when he was persecuted by his government in things pertaining to God.
From the scriptures above, we can see that their primary allegiance, dedication, commitment, and loyalty was first to God, then to others. You must be clear on what you are faithful to? Who are you faithful to? and why you are faithful? We should be stubborn against anything that is not consistent with the Word of God and choose to be faithful to God.
The principle of faithfulness is to be faithful to God first then to any other person that requires our faithfulness as long as it’s consistent with God’s Word. 2 Corinthians 8 vs 1 – 5 (NIV): …….And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. Learn and choose to be faithful wherever you are.
Some people in the New Testament were also described as faithful:
- Tychicus: Ephesians 6 v 21; Colossians 4 v 7
- Epaphras: Colossians 1 v 7
- Timothy: 1 Corinthians 4 v 17
- Onesimus: Colossians 4 v 9
- Silvanus: 1 Peter 5 v 12
- Saints at Colosse: Colossians 1 v 2
Other scriptural references of faithful men: Nehemiah 7 v 1- 2; Nehemiah 13 v 13; Isaiah 8 v 2.
Faithful people are entrusted with important responsibilities. You should be described as one who fears God above any other.
God has always looked for faithful men and women to carry out his program on the earth and God won’t do much with your life until you’re faithful. He always looks for those who are faithful because faithfulness is His character and we must have His character in us. Faithfulness, therefore, should become our character.