One of the most important traits Christ sought to develop in His followers was the characteristic of faithfulness. This is the quality that is the most rewarded by God, and is the source of the believer’s unending joy.
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” NKJV Matthew 25:21
Notice three things that result from faithfulness in our lives:
- Commendation. “…Well done…”
- Promotion. “…ruler over many things…”
- Joy. “Enter into the joy of your lord”
So what exactly is this essential quality in a believer’s life? The word “faithful” actually means to be “dependable” or “trustworthy.” God’s way of developing and testing our faithfulness is by giving us responsibility as He did the three men in the Parable of the Talents where this verse is taken from. (Matthew 25:14-29)
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” Luke 16:10-12
When God is developing faithfulness, dependability, and trustworthiness in us, He will test us in the three following areas:
- With something small. “…faithful in that which is least…”
- With material possessions. “…unrighteous mammon…”
- With what belongs to someone else. “…what is another man’s…”
As faithfulness is developed in our lives, it eliminates at least three aspects of our “old man” that correspond to the above, which are pride, love of money and disloyalty. God desires to promote us all and bring us into everlasting joy, but first He must work this great quality of faithfulness into our lives.