Keeping Your Promises
In early 1915 Ernest Shackleton took a lifeboat and traveled 800 miles to a whaling station on South Georgia Island to get help to rescue his crew marooned on uninhabited Elephant Island. He promised he would return, and his crew believed him. Eight months later he came back to Elephant Island. He was faithful.
Faithfulness is dependability, trustworthiness, and reliability. Truth is faithfulness’ foundation. Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He keeps His promises. Your reputation depends on how well you keep your promises. Moreover, if you call yourself a Christian, God’s reputation depends on how well you keep your word, no matter what.
Faithfulness has a hand and glove relationship with faith. Faith needs an object. The key question – “Is the object of your faith worthy of your trust?” Christian faith is simply acting on God’s character and promises. When God says He will provide, He does. When He says He will forgive, He forgives. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV). When He promises He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5), He does not. Your eternal destiny rests on God’s faithfulness.
God is faithfulness’ gold standard. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4, NIV). “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NIV). He is forever trustworthy.
By contrast, human faithfulness is rarer than a four-leaf clover. Even Christians often do not keep their promises. Given that the fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness (Galatians 5:22-23), you should keep your word to others, even when it is inconvenient, uncomfortable, difficult, or costly. How do you up your game? Trust the Holy Spirit to produce faithfulness in you while doing your best to be faithful. Give the Holy Spirit the driver’s seat of your life, and make keeping your promises a priority. #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #faithfulness
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