Faithfulness can sometimes feel akin to legalism. Simply put, doing things because we have to, not because we want to, or get to. Another way of putting it is religious duty verses relationship interaction. When we function under religious compulsion our service will become dry, boring and lifeless. This is where serving the Lord is a have to. On the other hand serving because we are inspired by a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ is fulfilling, engaging, and life giving. This is when serving becomes a get to. If we go to church, pray, read the Bible, worship, witness, give, or serve because we feel we have to or are expected to, something is wrong! All these activities are a privilege for the child of God.
I am a firm believer that we should serve because we get to not because we have to. However there are times when faithfulness comes into the mix. Because of our human weakness there are times when we don't want to do anything. We simply don't feel like doing something we are committed to. This is where the principle of faithfulness come to light. Not many of us could just call our boss and say I am not coming to work today because I just don't feel like it. We usually just lie and say we are sick. If we did we would soon find ourselves looking for another job.
God will honor our faithfulness. 1 Timothy 1:12, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry."
Not only will God honor our faithfulness, others are dependent on us as well. 2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
When we fail in being faithful, others will suffer. Proverbs 25:19, "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint."
May our prayer be, "Lord help me to be a faithful person. One who will let my 'yes' be 'yes' and my 'no' be 'no.' A person who fulfills each and every commitment, even when it is not easy. Let my word be my bond and let my heart serve with gladness. May You be glorified in and by my life. Amen."
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.