“IN Christ” You Are Faithful

“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.

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

4 thoughts on ““IN Christ” You Are Faithful

  1. Thanks for this. Ive also had to learn sometimes it requires faith to change my loyalty. My family of origin handed me a black jersey of abuse, dysfunction, and self hatred. I have had to exercise extreme faith in Christ to reject my family’s view of me to put on my robe of white that was washed in His blood. It takes tenacious strength to resist their attempts to draw me back into the shame of secrets kept in the dark. The void left by the loss of the idol of my family is filling….filled up. I am in Christ but He is also in me.

  2. This reminds me very much of the grace has had with me. I am still in Him. Thank you brother.

  3. I had been really close to God a few years ago, but I let my fleshy lusts come between us. Satan used this lust because I was on the front lines of the spiritual warfare. I was only three years old spiritually, but a warrior for Christ. Winning souls and teaching individuals the things I had been taught just as the great commission commands. Of course this was the Holy Spirit that lives within me that I was able to do anything. I have been struggling ever since trying to prove myself and be consistent in a relationship with God. I can no longer teach as I use to because of my great fall. Teaching others held me accountable to keep a relationship with Him. How do I get BBC ack to my first live?

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