Measuring Faithfulness

Proving the Church of Christ

Many “measure” faithfulness by the number of times they assemble for worship and/or how much they give into the treasury. Such a falsehood is untaught in the sacred writing. Nonetheless, it is not often refuted by preachers and teachers desirous of large crowds and bulging coffers! WE CAN NOT LEAVE THE IMPRESSION MONEY CORRECTS LACKING FAITH.

It must be taught long and loud and extremely fervently: FAITHFULNESS IS LITERALLY “THE STATE OF BEING FULL OF FAITH!” To use the Hebrew writer’s definition, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It comes only by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). It is not obtained by occasionally assembling with the saints; not by the giving of some money rather than giving as one has prospered (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Paul described faithful living in this fashion: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

As a Christian, one must constantly increase faithfulness in oneself. It is done by study (2 Timothy 2:15), by growth in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18), and must be completed daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). This allows us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10-17). So great is the need for faithfulness, John was told to write the following: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, sayeth the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13). Did you notice where the dead die? IN THE LORD. Thus, it is not enough to just be faithful unto death; we must be faithful into death!

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Proving the Church of Christ by Michael J. Davis. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

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