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Pastor Rev. Stephen Coates
Faithfulness Is Success
Mother Theresa who served in Calcutta, India – said: “Jesus called us to be faithful not successful.”
Our call is to Faithfulness first – and that is success.
Faithfulness begins with just a few things.
FAITHFULNESS – Is loyalty or completing what you promised.
STEWARD – Is one appointed to manage the owner’s property and affairs.
ETHIC – Is to deal with what is right or wrong, good or bad.
We have an unchanging God!
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
God is eternal
God is steadfast
God is unswerving
God is faithful
To His Word
To His Promises
6"For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
What God says – He does! God is a:
Faithful in responsibility
God is NOT irresponsible
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 "The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him."
LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
Jesus is called Faithful and True!
11Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
God wants us to be like Him – Faithful!
Mankind was created to steward the earth!
God said, "Let us make man in our image, after
our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of
the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and
over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Man failed because of unfaithfulness!
Man disobeyed God the:
Part of man’s restoration is the process of being restored to faithfulness!
The Apostle Paul states that a steward or trustee must be found faithful.
2Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
A trustee must be trustworthy or what has been entrusted will be lost.
I endure everything
for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation
that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11The saying
If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
14Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
It is necessary that He train us to be faithful and obedient to His purpose!
4Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
Poor training and habits leave folk:
Jesus establishes government principles in His Kingdom!
1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
Jesus emphasized faithfulness by teaching against:
11As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Engage in business until I come.' 14But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.' 15When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.' 17And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' 18And the second came, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made five minas.' 19And he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.' 20Then another came, saying, 'Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' 22He said to him,(K) 'I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?' 24And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.' 25And they said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!' 26'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'"
The Kingdom Of God Is One Of:
The Result Of Learning God’s Faithfulness Will Be:
Increased Entrustment Of His Resources
And he began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a
vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for
a long while. 10When the time came, he sent a servant to
the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the
vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away
empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they
also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and
cast out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What
shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect
him.' 14But when the tenants saw him, they said
to themselves, 'This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the
inheritance may be ours.' 15And they threw him out of the
vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do
to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and
give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said,
"Surely not!" 17But he looked directly at them
and said, "What then is this that is written:
"'The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone'?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him."
19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21So they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. 22Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" 23But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24"Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?" They said, "Caesar’s." 25He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s." 26And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.
Faithfulness does not begin in large responsibilities like:
Mayor of a city
President of a company
Pastor of a church
Faithfulness begins with taking responsibility in a few things!
10 "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."
Adults begin life as little children, great leaders or rulers begin as servants in a few things – Jesus practiced this principle!
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus taught His disciples:
15Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16But Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." 17They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." 18And he said, "Bring them here to me." 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Long before the disciples were preaching to multitudes, they were serving at His meetings with practical mundane matters.
10He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11and tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 12And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there." 13And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
Jesus let His disciples oversee a few things!
29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.
The Reason for learning Faithfulness:
Preparation for overseeing many things
21His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'
God does not make us slaves to the mundane, but makes us co-regents with Him!
1So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
If we are faithful in what He gives us to do, He will give us more!
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
If we are unfaithful we will lose what we have!
24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Are you a Faithful person?
How do you demonstrate your Faithfulness to God and others?
Is Faithfulness an imagination or do you demonstrate it, who will guarantee your Faithfulness?
The true worshipper of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Desires to be like Him
Is Loyal to Him and to His Family
Finishes the tasks that are given to him
Faithfulness begins in overseeing a few Practical things.
Faithfulness begins with your:
Spiritual Church Family
Vocational Work Place
Christian discipleship serves the overall health of the entire community and builds character of all its citizens.
Faithfulness prepares us for growth and responsibility.
Faithfulness in a few things or small areas, will preserve and prepare us for greater things.
Faithfulness is Success!
Faithfulness in a few things, reveals God’s Kingdom government to a world in need of a better way!
Compiled By: Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates
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