By Jeremy Fransen
“Would you want God to be faithful to you as you are to Him?” That is a quote on our refrigerator to remind us of the importance of our faithfulness, not only to Him, but also in everything we do. In 1 Cor. 4:2, Paul said that it is required of a steward to be found faithful.
Faithfulness requires a lot of patience and endurance, always keeping the vision before us. This means we are to not let anything get us off course, keep steady and to not despise small beginnings. Being faithful can be displayed by the following words: trustworthy, certainty, credible, reliable and honest. A good analogy is the marriage relationship between Jesus and His bride, the church. Jesus said in Mat. 25:21, “His Lord said unto him, well done good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in few things, I will make you ruler over many things”. They took what the Lord had given them, used it to the best of their ability to honor the Lord, and therefore received promotion and increase.
In the short time that I have been in ministry, I have seen many of my own friends called by God and take the opportunity of ministry. Everything is new and exciting! They work very hard and do their best. This only lasts from a few months to a year or so when the newness wears off. Then they either get offended, it gets too hard, or they don’t get the attention they feel they deserve. In the midst of all this, they leave without fulfilling their obligations and put others in a difficult situation, hurting those who are faithful.
I have the privilege of serving under very faithful leaders, people that have stood the tests, trials, and fires but still keep their hands to the plow by faith. Just as Joshua had the privilege of serving under Moses for more than forty years, for it is said about Moses in Hebrews 3:5, “And Moses verily was faithful in His entire house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.” Joshua was also faithful and later became the leader of Israel to lead them into the Promised Land.
With so many complicated family situations out there, I encourage everyone as a youth worker to set the example of faithfulness to this young generation. In everything we do we are to do it for the Lord and not to give up. We need to teach them that faithfulness will give them great success in everything they set out to do for God. By being faithful to our pastors, we are setting a good example for youth to follow as well. Mat. 9:37 says, ”the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” When we walk in faithfulness, others may come and go, but we will be faithful to fulfill the plan God has for us to the very end. It is then we will hear those great words, “Well done good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of the Lord!”