“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus” .(Ephesians 1:1)
When I was growing up, our youth department had reversible jerseys. This meant that everyone received the same “jersey”, but half of the group would turn their jersey inside out, making two different teams. I remember Mike, a neighbor friend and church member, who would turn his shirt inside out in the middle of the game! Instead of being on the red team, he was now on the white team, abandoning all those on the red team. There were a few choice words that were used to describe traitors like this; but for sure, there was a sense of unfaithfulness every time teams were chosen and Mike was on your team.
I do not know about you, but faithfulness is viewed from both sides of the playing field. Being in the Lord’s work for more than 32 years, I have seen plenty of people who are now unfaithful to Christ and their church. I am sure each have a unique story, however, if your identity is “in Christ”, your actions will be one of faithfulness.
Have you ever struggled with spiritual faithfulness? Have you ever discipled those who were unfaithful? Are you inconsistent? Is there a constant inconsistency in your “daily devo” time?
Often we are quick in the Lord’s work to rely back on good old character. If you are saved, we can only be faithful because of one key ingredient added to our lives – CHRIST! It is true that a lost person can be faithful; showing up at all the right places, at the right times, in the right dress; however, faithfulness is much more than that.
The word faithful means trustworthy. Fifty-three times faithful is translated as faithful in God’s Word; however, this same word is translated eight times as believe, and one time as sure. When you know your identity, Christ in you, you will know what to do. Your identity in Him will determine your activity.
Hey team member! Hey Christian! We are on the “red” team. The blood of Jesus bought us with a price! We do not need duplicity of identity. We need to realize we are chosen by Him. Recognize that identity and, through his power, remain faithful and always believing in Him.