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Being Faithful To The Unfaithful

Being Faithful To The Unfaithful

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 (NKJV)

I love this verse, 2 Timothy 2:13 for its promise to me regardless of my poor actions and attitudes.  God doesn't waiver from one day to the next based on what mood He may be in - He is loving and faithful, and will always be loving and faithful.  God loves to bless people and has made a way to bless each and every one of us if we will allow Him to.  God doesn't discriminate against anyone - He is faithful to be the same to everyone.  We must simply be willing to come to Him and receive His blessings.

It is like being under a cool refreshing waterfall on a hot summer day. Then one summer day a decision is made by the person to leave the waterfall and to head off into the desert and the scorching heat.  The waterfall wasn't unfaithful in cooling them off; they were the one who walked away from the waterfall.  This is what it is like when we decide not to stay close to God, but instead, we wander off onto a path we have independently chosen to walk on our own.  

And of course, there is no greater blessing than the gift of eternal life - God is faithful to offer it to all who will humbly come and receive it (2 Peter 3:9).  We see a great example of this in John 4:7-27.  It is known as the story of the woman at the well.  This was a woman who had a checkered past with sexual sin, with many husbands, and was currently living in sin with another man.  

Jesus knew all of this about her, and yet He was still faithful to offer her His waterfall of blessing and mercy - the fountain of living water that would spring up into everlasting life.  He remained faithful even when she was unfaithful - this is Agape love at its core - willing to pay whatever price it may cost you to do what is best for the person being loved.  

All too often, we as Christians, don't extend this type of love to others when we know of their checkered past - we choose not to offer them the living water, which was given to us freely, much less invite them to a Sunday church service.  This is because it is naturally easier to share Christ with a person we like or whom we don't find to be offensive.  But, we as Christians should never discriminate against anyone or feel as though we have somehow reached some higher spiritual level because of how long we have been saved, or have attended church.  We are warned against this throughout God's Word.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. James 2:8-9 (NKJV)

We are told in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of God, which means we too, should be welcoming anyone and everyone, regardless of their past.  But our responsibility isn't limited to just accepting others at our local church or making them feel welcome once they arrive, but actually starts at our inviting them to come and join in fellowship.  

It is a known fact that people don't care how much you may know, until they know how much you care.  And this saying is especially true when it comes to biblical knowledge.  It should never be our mission statement to showcase how much we may know about God's Word - but to show love through our selfless actions and to serve others.  

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-5 (NKJV)

God will give us what we are to share with others as we listen to the Holy Spirit's prompting.  Just work on living in a God-honoring, Christ-like way first; as ministry flows through healthy relationships. Let me ask you some fundamental questions.

  •    Have you asked someone to come and join you for a church service lately?  
  •    Have you invited someone new at church to a Bible study or to another church gathering?   
  •    Do you regularly look for someone new to greet and introduce yourself each time you are at a church service?

Hey Christian, we need to remember; all too often we can be perceived to be cliquish or standoffish to those who are new and who may feel uncomfortable.  We need to go out of our comfort zone or out of our way to seek out and acknowledge others who are new, or who we have seen but not yet met.  We need to be willing to meet new people and engage in new conversations.  God will redeem the time we spend, and we might just be blessed beyond measure with a great friendship.  But most of all, we are accepting them as they are.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:3-5, what type of attitude and mindset should we have when dealing with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you consider others better than you when dealing with them?  Do you look out for their best interest?  Do you serve them with the mind of Christ?

APPLICATION: Set your mind to serve others and to speak to whomever the Holy Spirit prompts you to speak to.  Be willing to offer them the living water of Christ.  God will be faithful to help you through as long as you will allow Him to.  

Father, Thank You for being so faithful to me.  Thank You for not discriminating against me and for loving me as I am.  Help me today to continue to imitate this attribute and to help others in need.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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