Faithfulness has taken quite a hit recently in America. But it’s not a new problem. Solomon said, “Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6)
The scourge of unfaithfulness finds its inauspicious beginnings as far back as Lucifer, the anointed cherub/worship leader of Heaven. It continued taking root with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, has plagued people of all countries and cultures down through the years and continues to attempt to establish strongholds from the White House to the church house, to your house and mine.
Which is worse? Unfaithful presidents or unfaithful parents? Be honest. Which disturbs you more? Unfaithful senators or unfaithful spouses? Which does more damage to our nation? Unfaithful congressmen or unfaithful Christians? How about this one? Unfaithful employees or unfaithful employers?
When you stop and think about it, there’s nothing good about unfaithfulness – nothing whatsoever. So why are so many in our world unfaithful? And why do you and I struggle with it?
A little boy spent the night with his grandparents. He hadn’t been asleep too long until they heard an awful thud on the upstairs floor. They quickly rushed to his side where he was crying. When they calmed him down, his grandfather asked, “What happened Johnny? How’d you fall out of bed?” Little Johnny wiped the tears from his eyes and said, “I don’t know grandpa. I guess I just stayed too close to where I got in.”
Living life on the edge is a dangerous proposition. Yet, too many politicians, parents, public servants, preachers and people of every age and stage of life set up shop right there – on the edge. Trying to convince themselves a little bit of unfaithfulness won’t hurt anybody. “Who’ll know?” “Who cares?” “Everybody does it anyway.” So like sitting ducks oblivious to the oncoming ambush, they try to outsmart, outrun and outlive the inevitable. But it never works.
Unfaithfulness always produces unmistakable and unavoidable consequences.
Another Supreme Court ruling or Presidential election won’t solve the problem of unfaithfulness. Only a Heaven-sent, Holy Spirit, sin-killing, Christ-exalting, Bible-obeying revival in your heart and mine can do it. Where we decide to make an all-out, wholehearted, complete surrender and commitment of our lives to the Lord and His Word and live by His Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26) instead of the flesh. By doing that, unfaithful people can become faithful again.
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.”1
In other words, be faithful.
I’m thankful for thousands of people in our fellowship who have gotten all the way in with the Lord and His church here at Crossroads. People who have signed up for the long haul and suited up for the duration, daily endeavoring to become even more faithful.
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.”
You’re never a failure when you’re faithful, and you’ll never be a success if you’re not.
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
1 Max Lucado, You’ll Get Through This (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013) 51-52.
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.