What Does It Mean To Be Faithful To God? I was reading in Psalm 103 this morning about God's faithfulness, mercy, and long sufferin...
What Does It Mean To Be Faithful To God?
I was reading in Psalm 103 this morning about God's faithfulness, mercy, and long suffering toward us. In verses 10-12 David exclaims, " He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." God does not give us what we deserve for our sinfulness. We should receive a death penalty, a life of eternal damnation, a life without hope of eternal life (a life spent with Jesus in heaven)...but God who is rich in mercy does not see it that way.
If you go on further down you will see, "For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them" (Psalm 103:14-18).
While reading this and praying, I felt like the Lord was dealing with me to become MORE faithful to Him. While I read my Bible on most days, pray daily, and attend church every time the doors are open, I am not as faithful to HIM as I could be.
I was reminded that He has placed eternity within our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and because of this, we tend to think that our lives will go on forever. We need to remember that our days are short and we live only for a season. We are like the grass that withers and is covered with snow in the winter. We are but a flower that grows only for a short season and then is gone.
We are not living right now in eternity, but eternity is still yet to come. We cannot get sidetracked and distracted with the cares of this life. We must become faithful to God.
I had to think about that this morning- how can I become MORE faithful to God when I feel as though I am already as faithful as I can be. I am going to be transparent here: I felt pretty good about my faithfulness this morning: I attend every service at church (even the special services), I am rarely late to church, practices, events, etc. (in fact I strive to be 10 min early), I attend every prayer meeting, I am at every single music practice, I am at every single event that is ever planned...I am always available to do whatever is asked of me without complaint...boy, I felt pretty faithful- until God pricked my heart (because I am a long way from being faithful to Him)...I am not saying I was proud of those accomplishments, I am just telling you that I felt about as faithful as faithful can get.
But God reminded me that while I am busy doing the King's business, I cannot forget to spend time with the King.
He planted eternity into our hearts for a reason, so we will long to be with Him. He wants us to stop being so busy with "worldly" things, and think about "heavenly" things. We are so busy with running that there is no time for the things that matter.
We run our kids back and forth to all these extra curricular activities (sports practices and games, dances, karate, gymnastics, club meetings, etc.) going here and there for our own entertainments (game nights, movie nights,date nights, night out with friends, shopping, etc.) and lets not forget about all the other fun stuff... hunting season, fishing season, football season, baseball season, ETC!!!
We have become lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (II Timothy 3:4).
Distractions are everywhere!!
So how do you become more faithful to God?
By putting God FIRST in all you do.
Try cutting back on the extra things in this life and focusing more on the life to come.
There are souls out there living and dying in sin.
Are we out there witnessing to them as much as we are out there playing around having fun?
Are we spending as much time in God's presence as we are spending time with other people?
Are we spending as much time in the House of God as we are spending at other places?
Are we spending as much time reading the Bible as we are spending reading other books?
Are we spending as much time in prayer with God as we are spending time talking to other people about our problems?
Being faithful to God is not just saying in your heart that you love God; it is showing Him that you love Him. You have to be sold out to Him! Every thing you say and do must have God's fingerprints all over it.
Being faithful to God is not just showing up to church regularly, but when you do, you worship Him like no one is looking! When was the last time you wept before the Lord with snot dripping down your face? When was the last time you danced in His presence like a little child? God longs for you to worship Him without abandon!!!
Being faithful to God is seeking someone who is hurting and leading them to the cross. It should be your heart beat. We are but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. Cut out all the distractions!!
I am not saying you cannot have fun in this life. God wants us to enjoy our lives! But not to the extent that we forget about living for Him wholeheartedly.
Just stop and think about how your week(or even this last month) has been so far.
How many people did you talk to about Jesus dying on the cross for their sins?
How many times did you spend actually gleaning something fresh from the Bible?
How many times did you pray for more than 10 minutes.
How many television programs did you watch so far?
How many times did you neglect to do to church for any reason?
How many practices did you attend or take your kid to?
How many meetings did you show up at?
How many times did you make a phone call, send a text, or a FB message?
How many times did you look at Facebook this week?
If you are spending more time doing this for yourself, rather than things for God, you are being a lover of self more than a lover of God.
It's something to think about.
How faithful are you to God?