Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. OíConnor
Main thought: to examine the Beauty of Faithfulness
The Beauty of Faithfulness
Luke 16:10-12 10 "(1) He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous (2) wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 "And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
And I saw [Ezek 1:1; John 1:51; Rev 4:1] heaven opened, and behold, a [Rev 6:2; 19:19, 21] white horse, and He who sat on it is called [Rev 3:14] Faithful and True, and in [Ps 96:13; Is 11:4] righteousness He judges and wages war. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
There are certain characteristics of the heart that get the Heavenly Fatherís attention and one of them is Faithfulness and Trueness of heart. God uses the small things of this life to prepare us for the big things He has for us in Glory, and our attitude and behavior with them will determine our standing in the life to come. We tend to think that greatness in this life is when weíre noticed by many and have many possessions but those do not determine greatness in the eyes of our Father in Heaven.
If we happened along a stone that was mostly just plain stone and then noticed a precious gem hidden therein, wouldnít we take the time and effort to bring it out to where it can be seen by all? Of course we would. In the same way our Heavenly Father is looking for those with depth of character who know how to be faithful in the small matters of this life. And when I say small matters, I mean only in the eyes of man for they are not small to our Fatherís eyes. Things like praying for those who despitefully use us, honoring those in authority over us, giving of our finances for the furthering of His Good News, returning good for those who do us evil, weeping with those who weep, and not being halfhearted or begrudging the acts of humility of esteeming others as greater than ourselves. These traits of the heart do not come from the pride of our sinful nature but are from the Fatherís Heart that He would like to see developed in each and every one of us. Each and every one of these characteristics is priceless to the Lord but each and every one is from Him and developed in our lives by Him. for it is [Rom 12:3; 1 Cor 12:6; 15:10; Heb 13:21] God who is at work in you, both to will and to work [Eph 1:5] for His good pleasure. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Any heart that does not comprehend this will not be a partaker of His divine nature, which is birthed in us when our pride learns how to die. So what is being Faithful and True? These characteristics are very similar like the two sides of the same coin. Being faithful means being consistently true or whole hearted to something or someone from our heart and not our flesh. The flesh will fail us and return to the dust but the value of Faithfulness just increases with time. The value of a good-looking physique or a fat bank account depreciates every day we hold them dear and as soon as we leave the lot of this life theyíre totally worthless. But, the life of one who sets his/her heart on the things of heaven only continues to appreciate in value especially at the time we leave the lot! Also, a ship that is moving, even if in the wrong direction, can be set on the right course. But, the ship that is motionless will never get on course and make it to its destination, no wonder the great Apostle Paul was miraculously arrested by the Love of Our Lord. Here was a man of great conviction though misguided and as soon as God opened up Paulís understanding, he became of one of Godís greatest instruments of His Grace and Truth.
I believe that when God judges His children, For it is time for judgment [Jer 25:29; Ezek 9:6; Amos 3:2] to begin with [1 Tim 3:15; Heb 3:6; 1 Pet 2:5] the household of God; and if it [Rom 2:9] begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those [2 Thess 1:8] who do not obey the [Rom 1:1] gospel of God? (Whole Chapter: In context: ) , that each person will be rewarded in the same manner that they gave of themselves in service to Christ. Many I feel will be disappointed due to their complacent walk with Him and their lack of passion for Christ. We donít have to settle for the breadcrumbs of Godís blessings falling from His banqueting table, but God is well pleased when we will seek Him for a greater measure of His Fire of Love to consume our lives. Now this I say, [Prov 11:24f; 22:9; Gal 6:7, 9] he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) It pleases His heart to give of Himself bountifully to us. We not only rob ourselves of the blessings He desires to give us, but rob Him of the joy of giving to us when we lack passion for Hm. The following verse I believe expresses it most beautifully; Whatever your hand finds to do, [Eccl 11:6; Rom 12:11; Col 3:23] do it with all your might; for there is no [Eccl 9:5] activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in [Gen 37:35; Job 21:13; Is 38:10] Sheol where you are going. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) How very true! This scripture truly depicts a heart that is faithful and true, one that knows what to do and does it with all their might.
I believe there will be a greater reward for one who is moving in the fire of passion to serve Christ even if their theology is not right on compared to the one who is right on with their theology but lacks the passion and fire to serve Him. Some of Godís people pride themselves at being experts at theology but their passion will rob them greatly in the day of Godís rewarding His own. Then there will be those who heard the simple story of Godís Great Love to them and responded with hearts aflame in kind to serve Christ, though maybe not right on with their theology, but will reap great rewards. Itís time for us to get our focus off of our technique and get them on loving Him!
I have found that as I have responded to the Holy Spirit to pray and seek the Father in Christ the Son that He was able to speak into my spirit as I was learning how to press in and guide me in those areas where I needed His guidance. We need to look at others as He looks at us; Above all, [1 Pet 1:22] keep fervent in your love for one another, because [Prov 10:12; 1 Cor 13:4ff; James 5:20] love covers a multitude of sins. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) He sees us the same way. If our hearts are intoxicated with loving Him, the love that we share will cover a multitude of sins. But the one who makes technique their focus will lack much grace in the hour of their need. The Greatest Law of Heaven will be Love from which all other laws will bow to.†
But you know, focusing on our technique is so much easier because it doesnít involve us having to press in and press on from our hearts. All we have to do is fall into a rut of activity and after a while weíll feel pretty good at the discipline weíve grown into. Most if not all of us know the benefits of discipline and technique but if that becomes our focus and not loving Him, than God says we can keep them;† Psalm 50:12-14† 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, Here we have a situation where God gave a technique to the Jews that was to point to the supreme act of Godís Son sacrificing Himself for our sins but instead, the Jews had made it their religion. We even do it today but in different ways. The only problem with having revelations revealed to our minds is that we tend to put our trust in those revelations and not in the Revelator. Iím grateful that the Lord has blocked off practically 90% of our brain capacity from us for we tend to get overly proud and self-confident with the little He has allowed.
Enlightenment is not what we need, but being enthralled with Him is. We need to wake up to the fact that He is looking for those who know how to be Faithful in Love and a life of service that flows out of that Love life. We need to learn how to first focus not on our technique, but on loving Him. We will not have to worry about our technique if we hit the mark of loving Him for He knows how to guide those hearts into a walk that pleases Him.† Faithfulness truly is a pleasing sacrifice to our Loving Heavenly Father, but Faithfulness from the heart and not the head; faithfulness to the Spirit and not the letter of the Law. For if we put the heart ahead of the head and the Spirit ahead of the letter, the others will follow but in their proper place. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
Godís plan is for by Grace through Faith we will be saved which rips the pride of our comprehending the plan of God with our minds totally out of our hands which leaves us all standing before Him naked of anything we can do to earn His Love and Forgiveness. And yet because of His infinite Greatness and Loving Kindness, He chooses to do so freely. Thanks be to God for His Infinitely beautiful Nature!
Heavenly Father, teach us how to be Your kids, kids that know how to say thank You and love You for all that Youíve done and all that Youíre doing and all that You will do each and every day You give us the breath of Life to breathe. In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen.
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