Live by Faithfulness
“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God” (Habakkuk 2.4 NLT).
Faithfulness seems to be a rare virtue these days. Faithfulness to marriages, jobs, churches, goals and God’s commands many times goes to the wayside as selfish desires come to the forefront. Jesus says that anyone who wants to save his/her life must lose it. We must not base our actions on our whimsical, ever-changing emotions and desires. Faithfulness overrides emotions and roots us to the purpose for which God created each of us. Whenever we face a fork in the road, we can ask ourselves which choice leads to faithfulness and which choice leads to selfishness. This simple question will save us so much grief from relying on the changing weather of our mood. In the Bible there are two kinds of people: the wicked and the righteous. Today we live in a time of grace, so our sins are forgiven, yet we will have nothing to show for our lives on earth if we are not faithful to the things of God. “The righteous will live by their faithfulness,” not their feelings, desires, emotions or circumstances. We can trust that God has already instilled in us the passions of His heart, so when we align our lives with Him, we will find complete satisfaction in our calling. Faithfulness won’t always feel and look good, but it should always be our default answer in every situation.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it” (Luke 9.24 NIV).