What Does it Mean to Be Faithful?

What does it mean to be faithful

What does it mean to be truly faithful to God? I don’t mean the kind of “faithful” where you say you’re a Christian but live mostly like everyone else. I mean the real, true, honest-to-goodness faithful life where someone can watch you for a little while and see there is something different about you – something strangely peaceful yet strong, something they would like to have. What would that kind of faithfulness take?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, faithful means “steadfast in affection or allegiance; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty”. That seems great, but honestly, it’s pretty dry. Listen to Wikipedia’s definition of faithfulness though.

“Faithfulness is the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something, and putting that loyalty into consistent practice regardless of extenuating circumstances.”

Isn’t that beautiful? It’s okay, go back and read it again. I’ll be right here when you’re done. I absolutely love that last part: “putting that loyalty into practice regardless of extenuating circumstances”.

There is some great truth in this that can absolutely apply to living faithfully for God. 1) It is a practice. 2) It should be continued even when life isn’t going quite the way we hoped it would. If our loyalty (i.e. faithfulness) to God ends at those times, it’s not true faithfulness, is it?

So, what does the Bible say about faithfulness?

Don’t get me wrong, Wikipedia is great, but somehow, I think the Bible should be our real textbook here. 😉

In my mind, the most fitting Scripture for this topic is I Corinthians 10:31. I’m sure many of you know it well.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Now, some of you reading this may be able to walk away right now with an “Aha, I’ve got it!” moment and do a relatively good job of living your life doing everything for God’s glory. If you’re like me, though, you need to unpack this a little more to see what Paul was really getting at here and how we can really do what he’s saying.

In this passage, Paul is addressing the church at Corinth. To keep it brief, he had been giving them instructions regarding how they should approach a problem they faced – eating food sacrificed to idols. He sums up his instructions, in part, with this verse. It’s as if he’s saying, “Here’s a simple guideline for this issue and others you will face. Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.”

I don’t know about you, but this is something I can really use. Oftentimes in Christianity, we are faced with the “lists of dos and don’ts”. You know what I mean – the lists of “good Christians do this” and “good Christians would never do that.” Don’t get me wrong, there is some truth in these lists, but rather than live by the lists, why don’t we live to glorify God in all we do? So how can we do this?

One little method I’ve used is to let this verse be a kind of test. If you’re facing something and aren’t sure what to do with it, ask, “Does this glorify God?” If the answer is yes, great! By all means do it and do it well! If the answer is no, you know what to do – move on with your life without bothering with whatever it was you were asking about. What if the answer leaves uncertainty, and you’re not sure if what you’re asking about would glorify God or not? My advice would be to pray about it, seek truth from God’s Word, and if need be seek some good solid counsel. If you’re still uncertain, treat it as a no answer.

This can be applied in so many areas of our lives – the movies we watch, the music we listen to, how we talk with other people, or what and how much we eat. The list really could go on and on. I think the key, though, is the last part of the verse: “do all to the glory of God”. It’s not about “being a good Christian” or looking good to someone else. It’s not even about being a good wife, mom, or friend.

It’s about glorifying God.

Let’s not lose sight of that!

If this post has been beneficial to you, I hope you’ll check out next week’s post: True Faithfulness Requires Discipline. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it.

What do you do to help you walk faithfully? Comment below with your tips; I’d love to read them. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date with the latest posts and resources from A Faithful Family.

Blessings,
Alana

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is quoted from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

A Prayer of Dedication

In Scripture, we often see people dedicate things to the Lord that are of large importance either to them or to God’s people. There are many things that have been dedicated: people, landmarks, buildings, offerings, etc. The list could go on. These things are often dedicated to God to be used for His service as He sees fit. We see Solomon dedicate the temple to the Lord in II Chronicles 6:12-42. David dedicates the spoils of war as well as gifts from a foreign dignitary in I Chronicles 18:9-11. We see provisions for soldiers to return home and dedicate their houses in Deuteronomy 20:5. We see Hannah dedicate her son Samuel to the Lord in I Samuel 1:21-2:11. The people of Israel dedicate the wall in Jerusalem that was rebuilt (Nehemiah 12:27) and the new temple (Ezra 6:16). There are many more dedications throughout the Bible. The point of this list is to show how people often give what they have or have built to the Lord to be used for His purposes, rather than their own.

As I was making the initial plans for this blog and trying to narrow down my content areas, I realized that I truly wanted this site to be the Lord’s to use as He sees fit in my life and the lives of my readers. I want to be His servant to use as He sees fit on this platform. With that in mind, I wrote this prayer of dedication in my journal one night as I lay thinking and praying about what this blog might be. I share my prayer with you as a kind of purpose statement and as a reminder to myself that this site and its content is not my own. It is not to be used for my glory, but for His. I pray you are blessed by what you find here.


My Prayer of Dedication:

Father, may this space be Yours. May the words posted here be Your words. Use this blog for Your glory to strengthen and encourage families and draw them to Yourself. May Your fame be spread through the content written here. Help me, Lord, as I know it will be tempting to allow this new endeavor to overtake my life and overshadow the things that matter most – my relationship with You and my family. Give me the courage to say no when needed and to keep my priorities straight. I so desperately want to help families, but I don’t want to lose sight of my own in the process.

Lord, I have no idea what plans You have for this blog. You may allow it to grow so that thousands of families are encouraged, or You may say to shut it down tomorrow. I pray You will do with it what You will. Use me, Lord. Allow me to be a tool for Your service. Put the words in my mouth (really my fingers) that You want to be heard and help me to be willing to follow wherever You lead.

Help me to stay away from negative and harmful content, but rather to share only what is “helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who [read]” (Ephesians 4:29b, NIV). Help me to know what to share. Lord, there will be times when discretion is needed. Give me wisdom to know where to draw the lines. May people come to know You through the content shared here, and may those who already know You be strengthened in their faith. May You receive all the glory and praise! Do with this what You will – it is Yours.


Thanks for reading A Faithful Family. I am excited to start sharing my family’s journey with you and to be “mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:12).

Blessings,
Alana