MEMORY VERSE: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Timothy 2:1-2
INTRODUCTION: One of the attributes of faithfulness is the ability to positively affect others with one’s zeal. Those who intentionally sit on others and prevent them from rising are far from being faithful. Faithfulness is extreme reduction or total extinction of loss – Dan.6:2. Faithfulness is efficient management of resources. It is also proving oneself worthy of trust – 1 Cor.4:2.
INGREDIENTS OF FAITHFULNESS
a. A faithful man must be able to reproduce himself in others. If a teacher, he must mentor more teachers. A faithful leader must be able to develop other leaders capable of taking his place – 2 Tim.2:2.
b. Faithfulness is faith – Rom. 14:23. To be faithful implies being full of faith. Anyone who walks in doubt and fear can never be faithful.
c. Faithfulness is also the ability to keep secrets – Pro.11:13; Matt.16:20. You must be able to keep secrets and confidential information. A leader must not turn confidential information of subordinates into gossip.
d. Faithfulness requires one not to be wasteful – Jn.6:12. For one to be faithful, one must become more prudent in determining what will be enough.
e. Another ingredient of faithfulness is faultlessness. A faithful person must be perfect and upright – Dan.6:1-4; Job 1:1; Acts 24:16; Gen.17:1.
BENEFITS OF FAITHFULNESS
a) A faithful servant is blessed – Matt.24:45-56.
b) Faithful servants will have their coasts enlarged – Mt.25:21; Lk.19:17-19.
c) Faithful servants will enter into the joy of the Lord – Mt.25:21, 23.
d) A faithful servant will get the true riches – Lk.16:11.
e) Faithful servants will become their own masters eventually – Lk.16:11-12.
How faithful are you in the things that God has committed into your hands? It is only the faithful servant that will receive “well done” from the Lord.
Pastor E.A. Adeboye
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