Although precious, faithfulness is a rare virtue today. Perhaps in the church also. The Bible has many references to it. But Proverbs 28:20, in particular, says that faithfulness is the key to God’s blessings.
There are two types of blessings in general. The first kind is known as the common blessings such as rain, sunlight, etc. One doesn’t have to be a faithful child of God to receive these. The second kind is known as the unique blessings which include both spiritual and material riches but are available only to God’s children.
In today’s sermon, we are going to look at six areas of life where people are most unfaithful and what the Bible says about it. Be faithful to God in these areas, and you will unlock his blessings. [Image Credit: Virginia L.]
1. Faithfulness to God and His Word
A. All of us are forced to wait at certain times of life and waiting is a time when our faithfulness is put to test. If we are faithful we will wait upon the Lord for sustenance, not anything or anyone else, (Psalm 62:5).
B. We need to be faithful to God’s word also. We are to know it by heart so that we will not sin, (Psalms 119:11).
C. God will certainly bless when we abide in his word. Above all we will have his perfect peace, even while living in a world of calamities, (John 15:7; Isaiah 26:3).
2. Faithfulness to the Local Church
A. The local church is every Christian’s spiritual family. Don’t be like the Woodpecker Christians that go from one church to another over disputes with the leadership or other believers. God has called us to be of one spirit, (1 Corinthians 1:1o).
B. Faithfulness to one’s local church is best expressed by his obedience to his leaders. Don’t judge, seek to take revenge from them or harm them, (Hebrews 13:7; 1 Corinthians 4:1-21; 1 Samuel 24:1-6; Psalm 105:15).
C. Always support them in ministry, as they labor for the Kingdom of God, in tears and in sweat, (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 5:17-18).
3. Faithfulness to Your Family
A. Husbands are commanded to love their wives like Christ loved the Church and gave his life for her and wives are told to submit to their husbands, (Ephesians 5:22-25).
B. Husbands should be faithful to their wives and wives should be faithful to their husbands, (Hebrews 13:4).
C. Children are told to obey their parents in the Lord. It’s a conditional promise. Parents are told not to provoke their children to anger. but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, (Ephesians 6:1-4).
4. Faithfulness to Your Finances
A. Plan your expenses with great care, (Luke 14:28-30). Constantly give attention to your financial health, (Proverbs 27:23).
B. Pay your tithe on time. Everything you have belongs to God. But he is asking you to give one-tenth of it back, for the welfare of his servant. He has promised to bless your tithe and told you to test him on it, (Malachi 3:10).
C. Give regularly, in addition to the tithe. Not because God wants your money. Giving is a form of worship. To worship means to surrender your whole self and surrendering your finances is a good place to begin with, (Proverbs 3:9).
5. Faithfulness to One’s Nation
A. The Bible commands us to submit to the government because it’s the established will of God, (Romans 13:1).
B. The Bible forbids rebelling against the governing authorities. Rebellion against the government is rebellion against God, (Romans 13:2).
C. Do not be like pagans and criticize the government authorities. God is in control of all. The Bible also urges us to pray for those who govern the nation, (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
6. Faithfulness at the Workplace
A. We are to obey our employers in the Lord. This means we should obey them, as long as their wishes don’t contradict God’s word, (Ephesians 6:5).
B. Don’t steal from your employer or deceive him. We should work for our employers as if we are working for God, (Ephesians 6:8).
C. Employers should treat their employees with respect. God will judge the employer that oppresses his employees, (Ephesians 6:9).
In closing, I want to urge you to search for yourself and know whether you have been unfaithful in any of these areas. Remember, that the one who conceals his sin shall not prosper. But God will restore us if we confess and renounce them, (Proverbs 28:13).
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