Pillars of Godliness 4

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1 Timothy 4:12 (NET)  Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.

Tina was in an office where a lot of public funds were misappropriated and stolen. She refused to join the party because her heart was filled with faith, and because of this, she was faithful to the Lord. She looked like a fool to her colleagues who had all become very rich, some of whom were church leaders, but Tina remained faithful to the Lord and did not participate in the embezzlement because of her faith. Many years later, she still had great spiritual standing and walked in great authority. She now had many reasons to thank God for giving her grace not to join her colleagues in doing what they did. Unlike her unfaithful colleagues, she did not lose her most precious treasure but increased it. The most precious treasure a believer has is his faith in God (see 1 Peter 1:7). Faith in Christ always produces faithfulness to Christ.

The Greek word translated to mean faith is the same word for faithfulness. That’s why in King James Version, you would see that the word translated as faithfulness in today’s verse was translated as faith. The word for faith and faithfulness in Greek are the same word. Incidentally, the case is the same for the Hebrew language. Every time we see the Lord or the apostles or the prophets talking about faith in scriptures, they are also talking about faithfulness. In their minds, you cannot separate the two.

The truth is that you cannot separate true faith in God from faithfulness to God.

A godly person is also a faithful person. Some people do not have a faithful personality, such people cannot go far in the kingdom of God no matter how gifted they are. They are inconsistent and unpredictable–that is not a godly attribute. A godly person is a person of great integrity. With him, what you see is what you get. He is not a two-faced person or one who changes with the times.

Go into today knowing that a faithful person is also full of faith. Faithfulness is an attribute of godliness, and godliness is necessary for any believer who would reap the benefits of his divine life and be fruitful.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be truly faithful and fruitful in the kingdom. Amen.

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