Are You Faithful?
Are You Faithful?
By Keith Bellamy
Are you faithful?
That is a powerful question!
Recently I was asked if someone was faithful? I am not sure what you use to determine if someone is faithful or not. I never found a question like that in the New Testament.
I do find where Paul corrected the Corinthians for feeling they were better than others. He said in 2 Corinthians. 13:5, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” (NASB)
Yes, test yourself…examine yourself! Burton Coffman made a statement once that went something like this. “It is not our job to be fruit inspectors.” He was right.
I cannot count the times I have had people come to me criticizing another Christian for being unfaithful. And then after listening to them, the standard they use is not even Biblical.
There is another passage in the book of James:“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.” (James 1: 22-24) (NASB)
Could someone look in a mirror and forget what they looked like?
Years ago, a man who worked with my dad, related how he had been describing a certain person. He said the individual was ugly. The older man he was talking to asked him if he had looked in the mirror lately to see what he looked like. That man said stopped making those comments about anyone!
Aren’t you glad God looks at the heart of an individual and not at their appearance (1 Samuel 16:7)?
Aren’t you glad God is the judge, and not you?