Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:8 NKJV
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue…
II Peter 1:5 NKJV
During our last session, we studied on faithfulness. We defined it as the quality of having faith in God and His Word and holding on to that faith through to the very end.
Today, we are going to look at faithfulness towards service.
Faithfulness Towards Service
God highly esteems this quality. When He gives you an assignment; you must carry it through to the end. You must be faithful to service unto God.
“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
I Corinthians 4:1-2 NKJV
Servants of Christ are stewards of the mysteries of God. And for these stewards who are entrusted the mysteries of God, it’s REQUIRED that they be found faithful.
God values faithfulness in His stewards. You have to be faithful with what God entrusts you with. In this case faithfulness is described as TRUSTWORTHINESS. Many bible versions use the word trustworthy in place of the word faithful.
What does it mean to be a faithful servant?
Firstly, from what we have just seen, a faithful servant is one who is trustworthy. Who has proved himself worthy to be trusted by God not to misuse or mishandle power, authority, information and secrets. These people are trusted by God not to use these things He gives them for their own benefits selfishly (Prov. 28:20) or in a form of dominance or vengeance against others.
This is very important. You will be judged according to how you handle these things He gives you. God always have more to give. When He gives, He tests you to see if you are trustworthy.
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
Matthew 25:23 NKJV
When you prove to be trustworthy, He then releases more authority, power, blessings, secrets, responsibilities etc. into your care.
2. Carrying through to the end
Faithful servants tend to hold on to their assignments and see it through to the very end. They value their assignments more than anything which includes their very own will and life.
The main goal is to see this assignment completed in the best way possible. If the assignment tends to extend beyond their lifetime, these servants disciple others including their own family to carry on with assignment long after they are gone.
This is how Jesus describes faithful servants:
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
Matthew 24:45-46 NKJV
When his master returns, He still looks for the servants he committed assignments to. These servants are blessed if he finds them doing what He assigned them to. It doesn’t matter how long the master was away, the goal of a faithful servant is full commitment to the assignment to see it through unto completion.
3. Love to fulfill the Heart of the Lord/ Master
Faithful servants are those whose entire will and ambition in life is to fulfill their Lord’s heart and will. They always want their will to be in perfect harmony with that of their Master; repudiate their will if necessary.
You know these very good PAs who offer the coffee before the boss asks, they bring that document or make an excuse for the boss even before He asks. It is as if they know what is in the mind of their Boss and performs the his/her will before it is even spoken in words. Wonderful synergy! To able to be effective at this, you will have to really know your boss.
“Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.”
I Samuel 2:35 NKJV
Rewards of Faithful servants
•God blesses them more than the others. (Matthew 24:46-47)
• Faithful servants are always promoted. They are exalted unto leadership and they become great ones too.
• God pays more attention to them. God treats them differently; His relationship with these kind of people are more richer.
Moses was acknowledged by God as the most faithful servant amongst all the others in his day. Whereas God speaks to the others in dreams and visions, He relates to Moses differently. He is much closer. He speaks to Moses face to face. Not in parabolic terms but quite openly. Because He deemed Moses the most faithful servant. (Numbers 12:6-8)
Faithfulness is a quality worthy of note. A quality difficult to develop that brings forth endless results of blessings and promotion in the Kingdom of God.
This quality was exhibited by our Lord and pattern, Jesus Christ. He was faithful to his assignment to the very end.
He was the greatest servant and became the greatest king. Jesus told his disciples that the greatest in the Kingdom is the best servant (Luke 22:24-27). Your attitude towards service is directly proportional to the measure of authority given You.
The sole ambition of Jesus was to fulfill the will and heart of the Father and for that His will was always in harmony with His Father’s. (John 5:20). Even when for a brief moment at the garden of Gethsemane, his will was not in harmony with The Father; He gave up his and established that of His Father.
This is the quality of a faithful servant. That is why He was exalted above ALL and sits at the Right Hand of the Father; glorious in Majesty.
Grace is available and ever sufficient for anyone who wants to build this quality into their lives. The Spirit of God is always there to aid you where you fall short. (Romans 8:26)
Strive for faithfulness on your path to attain perfection.
E. O. UcHe