His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
George Gallup, of the national polling organization, has said that our nation faces a crisis that is neither political nor economical, but moral and spiritual. God says that faithfulness is the basic, rudimentary, fundamental ingredient of character. You will not know God’s blessing apart from faithfulness. What our nation needs are men who are:
Faithful to Family — Remain faithful to your wife. Adultery is the ultimate act of unfaithfulness, but you don't have to commit the physical act of adultery to be unfaithful. Some have love affairs with their work, with sports, and other things. Also, your children need a dad who will be faithful. I've asked my own children this question: "Have I ever made a promise to you that I've failed to keep? If so, I want you to tell me, so I can repent. I want you to believe that your dad is a faithful man."
Faithful with Finances — Did you know that God might be withholding a spiritual blessing from you because He's first tried you with money (Luke 16:11)? If you haven't been faithful with the money God has given you, why should He give you the true riches — that's spiritual power, insight into the Word of God, answered prayer, fellowship with Jesus Christ, and joy?
Faithful to Friends — If I were to ask you today to sit down and write letters to five people that you know that you could count on or that you consider to be a faithful man; would anybody write you a letter? Are you known as a faithful man?
Faithful to the Fellowship — This means to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that we are to be faithful to the fellowship. Friend, I believe we ought to be in the house of God on a regular basis, bringing our prayers, tithes, Bibles, love, and influence.
Faithful to the Faith — We must be faithful to the Word of God. I see a generation of young people today with no conviction. They don't know the great truths of the Word of God. They don't stand for the faith. It is your responsibility as a dad to be faithful to the faith and to teach these young people what the Word of God says.
Reasons to Be Faithful
We need to be faithful because Jesus Christ is faithful to us. Which of us has not sinned? Thank God for 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He's never failed to do it.
He's been faithful in temptation. Are you tempted? Thank God for 1 Corinthians 10:13 that says: "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may able to bear it."
He's faithful to keep us from falling. We don't stay saved by holding on to God. We're kept because He holds on to us. He preserves us faithful to the end (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
How to Be Faithful
• Be faithful in the small things. If you'll be faithful in the small things, the big things will take care of themselves (Luke 16:10). The big things in life are made up of little acts, little words, and little thoughts. Use integrity in the small things.
• Be faithful in the secret things. What you are in secret is what you are. I'm talking to many who travel a lot and go into motels, and on the television are R-rated and X-rated films. Nobody's in there but you and Jesus. Be faithful in the secret things.
• Be faithful in the sacred things. Be faithful to meet with God. Do you know how you have faithfulness? Not by resolution, not by gritting your teeth, but by abiding in Him. Come to Him; be committed to Him; surrender to Him; yield to Him; and God will make you faithful.
God — give us faithful men. I pray that You will give us some dads, husbands, teachers, and pastors who are faithful because, Lord, you have been faithful to us.