I’ve been wondering about the difference between faith and faithfulness.
Faith is believing in someone or something.
Faithfulness is consistently acting on that faith.
We can have faith that we have the best job in the world but if we don’t faithfully fulfill the tasks of that job we probably won’t have it very long.
We can have faith in our marriage partner as we walk down the aisle but if they are unfaithful to their promise we find it hard to trust in the future.
We can have faith in our leaders but if they betray that faith…
What about our faith in God?
The Bible tells us that faith in God is a gift given by Him that enables His children to trust and obey His will.
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.Ephesians 2:8
The Bible says that God is faithful and that the faithfulness of His children is lived out, with His help, through trust and obedience.
I love the way The Message paraphrases Paul’s words:
Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God Himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of His Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.1 Corinthians 1:7–9
What a blessing it is to know that God wants us to have faith that lives itself out in faithfulness but He doesn’t leave us to figure it out on our own.
However challenging our circumstances or how the enemy of our souls confronts us with lies and accusations – God is faithful. He has given us everything we need to live our faith with faithfulness.
“God Himself is right alongside to keep [us] steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus.”
Because He is faithful to keep His promises, we can be confident that we are loved, forgiven, and free in Jesus; and in Him, we have everything to live faithful to the faith we have received.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
So may we make this the prayer of our hearts…
Father, help me live my faith with faithfulness!
A Prayer to Live in Faith with Faithfulness
Paul wrote a beautiful prayer asking the Lord to bless and strengthen the believers in Ephesus:
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
Father, I pray that from [Your] glorious, unlimited resources [You] will empower [us] with inner strength through [Your] Spirit. [I ask that] Christ will make His home in [our] hearts as [we] trust in Him. [May our] roots grow down into [Your] love and keep [us] strong. And may [we] have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep [Your] love is. May [we] experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. [That we]will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that [You give].
[All] glory to [You, O Lord], [You are] able, through [Your] mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to [You] in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
It takes faith to be faithful.
The writer of Hebrews wrote:
And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.Hebrews 11:6
Faith in God who is always faithful makes life-surrendering faithfulness possible.
I love this quote from Sheila Walsh:
“You are not alone. You are not alone. No matter how you feel, God’s Word would never lie. You are not alone!”
And because you and I are not alone . . . faith and faithfulness are God’s impossibly possible gift.
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