Faithfulness In Our Business Relationships

When the early Church needed men to oversee the day to day business of the assembly they looked for faithful men of good report.

Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” — Acts 6:3 (KJV)

“Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without.” — I Timothy 3:7 (KJV)

“Demetrius hath good report of all men.” — III John 12 (KJV)

Please note: The writer did not limit the good report of Demetrius to just the saints, but said all men thought well of him. A good reputation is not only necessary within the Church, but also outside the Church.

The Rewards of Faithfulness

God has never asked anyone to be faithful that He did not reward.

Abraham became the father of many nations.

Moses became the deliverer for Israel and the greatest leader of men the world has ever known.

David was established in the lineage of the Messiah.

Simon Peter preached the birthing message of the New Testament Church.

The Word of God emphasizes the rewards of faithfulness.

Garvin R. Alfter

“For the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” –Psalm 31:23 (KJV)

“A faithful man shall abound with blessings.” –Proverbs 28:20 (KJV)

Until The Answer Comes

Perhaps no one exemplifies faithfulness in the life of a believer like the Apostle Paul. He went from being fiercely faithful in defending Judaism against the supposed heresy of Christianity to becoming a pillar of Christianity.

By his example and by his written words we are given insight into the faithful heart of this man.

When he said, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;” he had already proven himself faithful to the Lord. He knew what it was to be faithful when the adversities of life and ministry arose.

You see our faith is not proven in whether or not we believe God for answers and deliverance, but is proven in what we do until that answer or deliverance comes.

Garvin R. Alfter

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting [me] into the ministry,
13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief. –1 Timothy 1:12-13 (NKJV)

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