Too many, who call themselves Christians, mistakenly believe as long as we give God something, we don’t have to give Him everything. Yet JESUS never said that or anything remotely close. He never even said 99% is good enough. 99% faithful is 100% unfaithful. There’s no in-between. We are either faithful or unfaithful. Yet, many of those who claim to be followers of Christ are trying to squeeze in-between where there isn’t any.
The irony of it all is this: we want someone else to do the praying, someone else to do the Bible study, someone else to do the giving, the serving, the self-denial, someone else to do the sacrificing, someone else to live a holy life, someone else to reach the lost, etc. But WE want to go to Heaven and want to hear the Lord say to US: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
JESUS said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:23-25)
Greg Laurie said, “The early church made a significant impact on its world, not because it was made up of great people, but because it was made up of faithful people. Faithful to the Lord, faithful to the ministry, faithful in menial tasks, and faithful in great tasks.” 1
Some people think they can fake out fellow members of the body of Christ, pretending to do things they don’t do and to be who they really aren’t.
Some people think they can fake out fellow members of the body of Christ, pretending to do things they don’t do and to be who they really aren’t. Truth is, they may fake out a few fellow members of the body of Christ from time to time and town to town. But they’ll never fake out the CHRIST of the body. Not for a single second.
Fellow followers may fall for the facade that fakers are actually faithful. But the Bible makes it clear, “The Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19). Do you seriously think God doesn’t know when we don’t pray? Don’t spend time in His Word? Don’t give at least a tithe of our income? Don’t share our faith with unbelievers? Don’t serve anywhere in His church? Don’t show up for worship? Don’t put Him first?
We are living in perilous times and the day has come when followers of JESUS CHRIST are actually having to pay a price for following Him. Those who’ve been following JESUS faithfully won’t have to change a thing. But those who haven’t, the posers and pretenders, will have to change everything or admit it was all a fraud from the first.
There’s no in-between. We’re either FAITHFUL or UNFAITHFUL.
Max Lucado said, “Follow the example of Joseph. Let God train you. He is watching the way you handle the little jobs. If you are faithful with a few matters, he will set you over many (Matthew 25:21). Joseph succeeded in the kitchen and dungeon before he succeeded in the court. He cared for the butler and baker before he cared for the nations. The reward of good work is greater work. Do you aspire to great things? Excel in the small things. Show up on time. Finish your work early. Don’t complain. Let others grumble in the corner of the prison cell. Not you. You know how God shapes his servants. Today’s prisoner may become tomorrow’s prime minister. When you are given a task, take it on.” 2
J. Oswald Sanders shared the following: “On the shores of India, Henry Martyn said, ‘And now, let me burn out for God.’ He did – in six short years, but with an incredible legacy of achievement in Bible translation left behind Him.
‘And when I am dying, how glad I shall be,
That the lamp of my life has been blazed out for Thee;
I shall not care whatever I gave
Of labour or money one sinner to save;
I shall not care that the way has been rough;
That Thy dear feet led the way is enough;
And when I am dying, how glad I shall be,
That the lamp of my life has been blazed out for Thee.’” 3
There’s no in-between. We’re either FAITHFUL or UNFAITHFUL. Which are you?
Let’s be known as a church full of thousands of real, genuine, FAITHFUL, followers of JESUS CHRIST.
© 2016. Barry L. Cameron
1 ON FIRE. Greg Laurie. Harvest House Publishers. 1993. Eugene, OR. Pg. 74.
2 YOU’LL GET THROUGH THIS. Max Lucado. Thomas Nelson. Nashville, TN 2013. Pg. 51-52.
3 SPIRITUAL MATURITY. J. Oswald Sanders. Moody Press. Chicago, IL. 1962, 1994. Pg. 154-155
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.