As Christians, our faithfulness belongs to our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ (St. Matthew 1:21-22, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10).
“Faithful” implies we will and shall have an unswerving adherence to God, family, church and community. God, who has called us into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9).
“Loyal” implies a firm resistance to any temptation to betray our love for God, the Father. Also it calls for us to pull away from anything that will cause us to lose the purpose that God has for our lives (Hebrew 12:1-2). Are you faithful? Are you a part of the few?
The faithfulness of God is true and has been proven many times over because God always shows up and makes a way for us throughout life. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it ( 1 Corinthians 10:13).
God is faithful to us even when we are not to Him. Great is God’s love towards us and His faithfulness of God endures forever. Yes! God is faithful no matter what season of life we are in or place where we discover ourselves to be on life’s journey.
What if Jesus invited you to come and follow Him? Guess what? He already did. Jesus said, come and follow me and I will send you out to fish for people (Matthew 4:19). The way is always narrow when it comes to following Jesus Christ and the broad ways of life (the world) will always lead to destruction (Matthew 7:14).
Being socially acceptable, politically correct, a part of the in crowd and/or having socio-economic status may be given up at times in life to be a part of the faithful few.
Who are the faithful few? We’ll let us look at the story of Gideon who considered himself to be among the very least in all the nation (Judges 6:1-39). Gideon had admitted his own weakness and struggled with confidence and faith in God like we may do at points in our lives.
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
God will take the faithful few to blow the minds of people causing them to marvel and be captivated by His mercy, grace and sovereignty.
Gideon started out with about 33,000 people, but God cuts him back to 300 soldiers that 0.0090909 nowhere near even 1% percent from which he stated. Gideon’s army was already over matched by 135,000 Midianites. God commanded Gideon to invite all who were afraid to go home which was 22,000 people left with only 10,000 men left. Then it was the water test which left only the brave and faithful 300 solders. The enemy had 450 soldiers against the odds 450 to 1. With odds like this someone would have said let us use common sense about this matter and not go to war (Romans 8:31, 1 John 4:4, 1 Samuel 17:47).
God is able to do for us that which we are not able to do for ourselves. Very much like the 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, Gideon had military success with a small selected force against overwhelming numerical odds. Jesus chose the 12 disciples who later became the apostles of Christ and there was also the 70 who was sent out (Luke 10:3). For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:20). One died so all may have a chance and right to live with Him.
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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