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The Bible tells us that all those that will live godly in Jesus Christ shall suffer persecution. Persecution may come from family members, friends, co-workers or the government but you have to know that your primary allegiance is to Jesus Christ; make it clear to yourself, in your spirit and never let that change. Our salvation became a reality when we confessed and declared the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives, and once Jesus becomes the Lord of your life, He’ll share that place with no other (Romans 10 v 9).
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1) and said that in the last days, perilous times will come; dangerous times. There shall be a time of trouble and persecution in the last days. We have to prepare ourselves because life in this world is not without challenges, but it is a blessing to be persecuted for righteousness and for the Name of Jesus.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were also persecuted for righteousness and for their allegiance to the Lord. The story of Daniel in the lions’ den and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace are great encouragements for us. (Reference: Daniel 3) Be strong in your heart and be faithful like Daniel.
Those who are truly sent of God are faithful. Faithfulness is one of the hallmarks of a man that is sent of God. Being sent doesn’t make you faithful; you are sent because you’re faithful. You may have been called but until you’re faithful, you will not be sent. You have to be proved faithful.
2 Timothy 2 v 2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
1 Corinthians 4 v 2: Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man is found faithful.
Jesus commits the gospel to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Faithfulness is in our spirit and it is important for us to choose to be faithful. Galatians 5 v 22: The word ‘faithfulness’ is used in some translations of Galatians 5 v 22 instead of the word ‘faith’. Both words are accurate in this context because faith is a product of our spirit and we received it when we were born again. Beyond that, faithfulness, which is the character of God is also in our spirits. We can walk in faithfulness because it is consistent with our new life in Christ Jesus. You must, however, choose to be faithful and let faithfulness have the right of way in your life.
There are several areas in which we can manifest the character of the faithfulness that is in our spirits. Like Abraham, we can become dependable and be faithful in the things of God, and like Moses, we can be faithful in all God’s house.
Areas to manifest the character of faithfulness:
- Faithfulness in our service in the house of God.
- Faithfulness in using the gifts and abilities God has given to us.
- Faithfulness in specific assignments the Lord gives us.
- Faithfulness in the use of financial and material blessings that the Lord has granted us.
- Faithfulness in evangelizing our world: we must be committed to winning souls. The distribution of Rhapsody of Realities during our Reach Out campaigns, for example, is our effort to spread the Word and evangelize our world, and we should be a part of this and be committed to it. Only faithful men and women will take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
- Faithfulness in ministering to one another.
- Faithfulness in our workplace and in our business relationships: Be a positive contributor where you work. If your company is facing a challenge, open your mind to God and He will give you the answers so you can go back and give the solution. Become trusted and make your business prosper and move forward because you’re a blessing everywhere you go.