The Faithful Servant

 

Faithfulness is a virtue that cannot be put aside at any time in the world. This is not putting away the fact that those who are unrighteous also demand faithfulness from those who are subject to them. Faithfulness does not only reveal the truthfulness and honesty of a person towards the other or a group of people; but it shows that the faithful person is submissive, not wanting the harm of the person he is faithful to. Many times in the scripture, it could be seen that great men have servants which are subject to them, and the conducts of each servant to these great people show whether they are faithful or not. A very good example of a faithful servant is Joseph. The faithfulness of Joseph earned him trust with his master (Potiphar) to the extent that Potiphar gave Joseph the right to rule over all his house. His faithfulness to God made him loyal to the extent that he didn’t take advantage of his master’s wife when she beckoned him to sleep with her although this wasn’t known to the master, (Genesis 39:7-10). Joseph was faithful to the point where he was thrown into prison, and the faithfulness in him was further demonstrated when he became the second in command in Egypt.

Another faithful servant clearly pointed out in the scriptures was Moses, for Hebrews 3:2-5, says Moses was faithful to God that called him, just the way Jesus Christ was faithful as well. The faithfulness of Moses was not only to God but also to the responsibility that God placed in his hands concerning the children of Israel, because many times, Moses stopped God from consuming the rest of the people. If Moses were to be selfish and unfaithful, perhaps he would have accepted that God should make a mighty nation of him and his household alone, (Exodus 32:9-14).
Jesus wants us to be faithful in our dealings as well, both to God and man, (Matthew 22:37-39). Now, this spells out how we should conduct ourselves here on earth in the time of our sojourn. A faithful servant in the Lord won’t neglect the commandments of his Lord just because the Lord is not visible to him or her, but with a faithful mind of faith, he or she acts as if the Lord is at the door knocking. A faithful servant in the Lord is not someone that scatters and pulls down, but he builds, if not because of the Lord, he does right and good things because of the benefit of others and himself. And this is why the Lord admonished that we should love ourselves in the Lord and not behave like the evil servant, so that when the Lord appears when everyone least expects, we won’t have our reward with the hypocrites, (Matthew  24: 45-51). Faithfulness as a fruit of the spirit is necessary for the advancement of the kingdom of God and peaceful living which reveals us as someone that has a level of maturity in spiritual matters.

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