Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 16

March 24, 2011

And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

Luke 12:42

As stewards of faith, we are not only called to be wise in the handling of our affairs. But, we are also called to be “faithful.”  Being wise and shrewd is a result of decisions made that engage our mental and intuitive capabilities, but being faithful involves a decision of character.

To be “faithful” means to be: true and constant in affection or allegiance to a person to whom one is bound by a vow, be ties of love, gratitude, or honor, as to a husband, a king, a friend; firm in the observance of duty; loyal; of true fidelity; as, a faithful servant.

We see in the parable of the unjust steward the importance of being faithful and how our faithfulness is tied to our ability to be entrusted and promoted in life. 

10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?

Luke 16:10-12

A faithful person is one who stays true to the core values of their heart, while diligently plowing through the mundane, because it is right thing to do.  A faithful person is true to their alliance and allegiances even in difficult seasons.  A faithful person is one who adds effort to the convictions of heart.

As stewards of faith, God is using the training opportunities of the little things in life to pave the way for the greater things He has in store for you.  Our character becomes the foundation that supports our gifts, talents and abilities.  Strong character can withstand the highs and lows that life brings.  Character is the manifestation of “who we are”, while wisdom demonstrates what “we can do.” 

As you are “Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope,” don’t allow the slackness of how you handle the little things in life tarnish your ability to shine forth for the Kingdom.   Your promotion and the Kingdoms advancement is awaiting the faithfulness of those whose heart is true.

 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Matthew 25:23

 


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