“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness!” – Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
Recently, I heard someone say he was glad the aforementioned verse says faithful rather than successful, because while success is not always possible, faithfulness is.
But that doesn’t make it easy.
Faithful stays when others leave; keeps working when everyone else quits; remains loyal and obedient when others get tired and find something new.
Faithful doesn’t give up. Faithful doesn’t let go. Faithful is steadfast, devoted, enduring, sincere, and trustworthy.
Faithful is hard-core. Even when he is tired, weak, lonely, sad, weary, confused, drained and unmotivated, he keeps going. Faithful never stops, even when the pastor doesn’t pat him on the back, even when only three people come to his Sunday school class, even when no one calls to check on him, even when only 20 people read his blog, even when no one likes his Facebook status or gives him an RT on Twitter, even when he didn’t get asked to be on the committee, even when no one recognizes his greatness.
Faithful understands what many don’t – that in spite of how he feels, in spite of what others do or don’t do, regardless of what others say or don’t say – he alone is responsible for what he has been given. Faithful doesn’t pass the buck or place blame on his past failures or present circumstances. Faithful continues in spite of those things. Faithful keeps his promise anyway.
I want to be found faithful, for God (not others) to say, “Well done, Deidra! Because you kept following Me even when it was hard, even when you were depressed, even though things didn’t always go your way, even when it felt like the whole world was against you or that no one cared, I am going to give you more to do. I’ve been watching you and rooting for you the whole time. You’ve proven you can handle it and I’m so proud of you!”
Be encouraged today. God is watching and rooting for you. He sees what no one else does, and He will reward your faithfulness.
Faithfulness is not doing something right once, but doing something right over and over and over and over. – Joyce Meyer
Being faithful in the smallest things is the way to gain, maintain, and demonstrate the strength needed to accomplish something great. – Alex HarrisLinking with: