by: Staci Landis
Faithful. What does it mean to be faithful? What does it look like? In our daily lives, workplaces, relationships, ministries, and/or activities? What does it mean?
The dictionary defines faithful like this:
- loyal, constant, and steadfast.
- true to the facts or the original.
I hear the word faithful tossed around in conversations. I hear the word faithful preached from many pulpits in churches. I hear the word faithful proclaimed in wedding vows at weddings. I hear the word faithful spoken in regards to how to live our lives in books, podcasts and all sorts of teachings. However, being faithful is more than just a word. It is an attribute that should be deeply recognizable in those of us who proclaim the name of Jesus.
But do we really know what it means to be faithful?
The synonyms listed with the word faithful in the dictionary are: loyal, constant, true, devoted, true-blue, unswerving, staunch, steadfast, dedicated, committed; accurate, precise, exact, errorless, unerring, faultless, true, close, strict.
Do we see these descriptions amongst God's people today? Do we who call ourselves "followers of Christ," exhibit the kind of faithfulness that is steadfast, constant, committed, and unswerving?
Sometimes we read scripture and we get it. We understand it. We know we are to live God's Word out in our lives and not just read it. We know that He calls us to be different. To be a light in a world that needs His love and peace.
Yet, there's this shift in our culture. And not just world culture, but the culture within the church. There seems to be a shifting happening to embrace a more wavering faithfulness. The kind of faithfulness that varies depending on "who you are" or "where you live" or "what you feel." There is an increasing wavering in standards, morals, behaviors, and lifestyles.
I feel like we have forgotten who we are. Who we're supposed to be. Or maybe we have never truly known?
God's faithfulness is steadfast. It is unwavering. It is true. It is solid. It is errorless. It is faultless and precise. His example and truth shouldn't make us feel defeated as though living out faithfulness is impossible. It should give us tremendous courage, hope and strength. The God who created you and me, the God who created the universe; He can be trusted. He is a foundation worth building our lives upon.
We have a Father who is secure and strong. In the midst of a culture that is wavering and shifting more often than not, we have this knowing that living a faithful life is not only necessary, but possible, when we trust in the right source.
"Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful."
(1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, NLT)