Faithful is the new definition of success. Success means different things to different people. Promotion, more money, new car or new house. To a pastor, success may be defined as a bigger church, numerical or financial growth, bigger buildings or a “big” preaching opportunity.
But God defines success as “faithfulness” in Psalms 101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me. God keeps His eyes upon the faithful. The faithful walk with God. Faithful, according to this verse, is walk with God, walk in a pure life and serve God.
Success may not follow you but in Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:… The discovery of success is found in goodness and mercy following, you have been found faithful. Success is not wrong but integrity must not be compromised at the expense of success. Success may follow the faithful but faithfulness doesn’t always follow success.
I would say that sometimes the most radical thing you can do with your life is to simply be faithful.
Let me share three reasons we must choose to be faithful:
Faithfulness brings blessings. Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings… Blessings and success are oftentimes worlds apart. Blessings is best described as family, friends, health, His presence, peace, joy, rest, well, you get the picture. There are people who own very little – in the business term of success – they have failed, but they have a happy marriage, enjoy peace in their family, no doubt they are blessed. Maybe successful in another definition.
Faithfulness brings opportunity. Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much… integrity is strengthened in the little things. Fading away in a few sprinkled compromises may bring success but it can never bring faithfulness. Faithfulness breeds character. The principle is simple, Faithful in little – faithful in much.
Faithfulness brings reward. Matthew 25:21 …Well done, thou good and faithful servant… Success may bring certain rewards here but faithfulness will bring a reward for eternity. Compliments are varied and encouragement is somewhat lacking – many seek for men’s approval only to be disheartened. But one day, the faithful will hear, from the mouth of God, “Well done!” Faithfulness is worth it!
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