Faithfulness is costly.

I think that’s why it sinks so low in our world of quick and superficial relationships.

I find it heart-warming to hear of a husband or wife caring selflessly for a spouse suffering from dementia or other debilitating disease.  Sometimes you read about cases like that in magazines or newspapers.

But increasingly in our society, relationships are short, lasting a few years – or maybe only a few weeks or months – before they end in anger and accusations.  Those involved are unwilling to overcome differences.

This rapid turnover in relationships has infiltrated the church.

We have become church consumers – picking and choosing from a smorgasbord of offerings.  We may prefer the worship singing at church A, but the preaching at church B.  Perhaps the friendliness of church C appeals to us more.

Since none of the churches appeals to all our wants, we flit from one to another.  We don’t stay long enough to sort out the problems that inevitably crop up in any group of human beings.

Of course, there are good spiritual and theological reasons why people choose one church over another.  But it seems to me that church-hopping has become more than that.

Not only do we jump from church to church, we often are unwilling to stick to a particular ministry in the church if it doesn’t yield instant results.  Most churches are crying out for volunteer help.

But faithfulness is important to God.

Jesus promised us that we would live through times of trouble (John 16:33).  Being a follower of Jesus would never be easy.  But that was not to be an excuse for giving up on God.

Jesus illustrated the importance of faithfulness in his parable of the three servants in Matthew 25.  The servants who obeyed their master’s command to work hard and invest his wealth were praised by their master with these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Some of the great Bible characters never saw success in their efforts.  The prophet Jeremiah, for example, was jailed and thrown into a well and yet continued preaching the words God gave him.

Why should we be faithful?

Because God is faithful to us.  No matter what our failures, he will never let us go once we put our faith in him.

Being faithful to God is one way of loving him.


2 comments so far

  1. Judy Starr on

    I agree with you, Bob, about the frequency that people change churches. I think we often seek perfection, forgetting the HEART of worship comes from within; what we invest in it defines the dividends, so to speak. We must have faith when we feel called to a specific church.

    • Robert Douglas on

      Good point, Judy. I especially like your suggestion that the extent to which we invest ourselves in serving God helps determine how much we gain from being part of a group of believers.

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