Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Faithfulness: an inevitable factor in the Kingdom of God

“Christ Jesus, who was faithful to him who appointed Him”

Today’s passage for meditation highlights an important requirement that a believer should have in the Kingdom of God. Without true faithfulness, one cannot be a citizen of the Kingdom of God. Many times we consider Kingdom of God is something which we are waiting to see. But Jesus has clearly taught as mentioned in Luke 17:21 that Kingdom of God is within you. When we lose faithfulness, we will be out of the Kingdom of God like Adam and Eve. In this passage, Moses’ name is mentioned as a person who was faithful in His entire house which is the Kingdom of God. Jewish tradition gave so much importance to Moses as he was the one who led the Israelites out of Egypt. His faithfulness to God resulted in the receiving of the Law. His entire life was a testimony of Jesus Christ. Moses worked faithfully as per the commands of God. Jesus Christ who had more glory than Moses was also faithful even at the excruciating time to fulfill the will of the one who appointed him.
Faithfulness is like a seed: We should plant it in our heart and water it every day. Then only it will become fruitful. As Jesus says in Mark 4:19, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and other desires can choke the growth of this plant. We should be focusing on nourishing faithfulness in all realms of our Journey with Christ.
Faithfulness understands the language of God: Abraham understood God because of the true faithfulness he had. He trusted God and departed to a place as commanded by God. Jesus Christ is the language of God. Whoever heard His voice had full faithfulness in Him. Can we hear Him these days? Yes, we can if we have the true faithfulness.
Faithfulness requires action:  When passiveness takes control of a believer’s life, he will be like the unfaithful servant as Jesus mentions in the parable of talents. Faithfulness combined with action should become the epitome of Christian life. We should be worthy to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler if many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:23).  Faithfulness in the Kingdom of God is like a spark that will ignite our life with actions and new convictions to live as a dedicated servant just like Christ was faithful in His house.  The quintessence of today’s meditation is this. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of true faithfulness. Let us follow Him and learn from Him.

 Prayer: Lord, help us to look unto You and trust in You alone for solutions to our manifold problems.   Amen.  
Thought for the Day:  “Your faithfulness makes you trustworthy to God” - Edwin Louis Cole

Reji Joseph, St Peters MTC, NJ