â€œMost men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?â€ (Proverbs 20:6)
Faithfulness is like a rare and precious gem. It is difficult to find a real such gem, though there are many who will offer their virtues as a substitute.
Moses, however, was one such man. â€œAnd Moses verily was faithful in all his houseâ€ (Hebrews 3:5). So was Abraham. â€œSo then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abrahamâ€ (Galatians 3:9). Moses and Abraham were full of faith in Godâ€™s Word; therefore they were faithful to Godâ€™s Word. The very word â€œfaithfulâ€ means â€œfull of faith.â€
God is not impressed with those who boast of themselves and their qualifications or who belittle others.
â€œIt is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not gloryâ€ (Proverbs 25:27).
Actions speak louder than words, and it is better to let oneâ€™s works speak for themselves.
â€œYea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my worksâ€ (James 2:18).
The rare quality of faithfulnessâ€”firm and reliable commitment to oneâ€™s convictions and responsibilities, in accordance with Godâ€™s Word and Godâ€™s leadingâ€”is proved in practice rather than proclamation.
May God help us to be faithful servants, for â€œit is required in stewards, that a man be found faithfulâ€ (1 Corinthians 4:2). It is quality, not quantity, of service that God measures. Faithfulnessâ€”not fruitfulnessâ€”is required.
There is one glorious promise regarding faithfulnessâ€”not our faithfulness, but the faithfulness of our Savior. â€œIf we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himselfâ€ (2 Timothy 2:13).
â€œFor what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith [literally, â€˜faithfulnessâ€™] of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be [found] true, but every man a liarâ€ (Romans 3:3-4). HMM