Faithfulness is not an accident , nor does it just happen . The first step to living faithfully is to recognize my need to be faithful- not just part of the time, not just on special days of the year, not just on Sundays, but every day, always, all the time. I must give focused attention to being faithful, staying faithful and living faithfully. I will not live faithfully if I do not set my mind on living faithfully ( Col. 3:1-2 ).
Next, I must take some fundamental, practical actions that will help me develop my faith and promote faithful living. Basic to accomplishing such is becoming a student of God’s word. How can I live faithfully if I do not know what faithfulness means?
How do I learn about faithfulness? By going to the source that God has given to us for developing faith- His word ( Rom. 10:17 ). I need to read the Bible regularly, frequently and purposefully ( 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:15-17 ).
I need to be at every single church service I can possibly attend. In doing so, I will be focusing upon worshiping God, showing Him my dedication, giving Him glory and learning the teachings of His word. It is another purposeful action specifically aimed at building and living my faith. In so doing, I will also be surrounding myself on a regular, frequent basis with other Christians in a positive, mutually edifying atmosphere.
I also need to get involved in the work and activities of the church. James wrote a great treatise on faith being completed by works and faith without works being dead ( Jas. 2:14-26 ). Christianity is not a spectator sport. As a Christian, I am the church! Nobody will do the work of the church, except the church itself- and that’s me! As I become, and continue to be, more involved in the work and activities of the church, I will grow spiritually. The more I focus on putting my faith into action, the more likely I’ll be to live faithfully.
I need to be diligent in prayer! I need to pray regularly for God’s guidance, wisdom and strength. A faithful Christian is a praying Christian ( 1 Thess. 5:17 ). I need to talk to God about everything in my life, including my desire to be faithful. There’s that focus again.
The Lord would not require something of me that is impossible. So, I need to set my mind on being faithful. I need to study God’s word diligently. I need to get involved! And, I need to pray, pray, pray…