Devotional

“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 5 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! 6 As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.?” – 1 Thessalonians 2: 4-6.

We are encouraged, from birth, to be winners. It becomes ingrained in us. Kids want that trophy at the end of the season and we want that recognition, promotion or bonus that exemplifies our success. Steve Jobs was the poster child for success. He was a billionaire who ran one of the most successful companies in the history of business. He is an inspiration and a legend to many people. God’s standard for success is nothing like the world’s standard. 

What God requires of you is not success, but faithfulness. We may not be a billionaire but God still expects each one of us to be faithful in whatever God has called us to do. Here is the thing: God can do more with one act of faithfulness than we could accomplish in many lifetimes on our own. Faithfulness starts with the questions, “Where can I make the biggest impact?” and, “Where does God want me?”

Faithfulness is defined as being loyal and dependable. Therefore, to be faithful means to be worthy of trust. A faithful person does what he says and finishes what he starts. Faithfulness begins with the little things in life. It is seen first in your routine and in your everyday chores and activities. It should also be seen in your home, on your job, and at your church. Your spouse and your children need to know they can depend upon you and that you will keep your word. Your employer needs to know that you will show up and do an excellent job. Your employees need to know that you will provide them with the opportunities to be successful.

Worldly success can be difficult to achieve. But there are opportunities for faithfulness all around us. At work, it means choosing integrity when everyone else is cutting corners, or using your skills to further the Kingdom rather than just enhancing the company’s bottom line.  If you’re a parent, it means being a reflection of Christ because the kids are always watching. The bottom line is that God can and does give us these small acts of faithfulness in the lives of others.

God is looking for faithful people to learn His ways and recognize when He is leading them. If we will be faithful in these areas, then we will see the acts of God in our homes, our workplaces, our schools, and our churches. Faithfulness will produce lasting results.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are we doing here in your opinion?
  2. How does your answer to what are we doing here compare or contrast to what was said in this article?