Faithfulness to God

Nature-Wallpaper-1-PT2Nehemiah 13:27: Do we then hear about you that you have committed all this great evil by acting unfaithfully against our God by marrying foreign women?”

Faithfulness to God is demanded on three levels

  1. Sexuality
  2. Spirituality
  3. Service

Sexuality

This has to do with the use of the body. I am not permitted by the bible to use my body anyhow, because it belongs to God, and when I am married, it belongs to my spouse (1Corinthians 7:1-5).

In the focus verse, Nehemiah termed marriage to non-believers as a form of unfaithfulness to God, a departure away from how he wants them to use their body.

If you are faithful to God, you will not marry an unbeliever. The bible says that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2Corinthians 6:14-18).

While God was informing the people through Malachi that he hates divorce (Malachi 2:14-17), he rebuked the men who are unfaithful to the wives of their youth.

However the tendency to be unfaithful to the marriage partner does not lie only with the man. There was a commandment given by God for Israel that when the husband feel a strong sense of jealousy and suspicion that the wife in unfaithful, the woman is to be brought before the priest and made to drink a “special” water. If the woman had truly been unfaithful, then her stomach will swell until it bursts, but if nothing happens, it means she has been faithful and the husband has nothing to fear (Numbers 5:11-31).

What this tells me is that even the hint of unfaithfulness between the husband and the wife should be avoided. Paul admonished Timothy to flee youthful lusts (2Timothy 2:22). He said in another place that every sin that we commit is outside the body but sexual immorality is with the body, and not just fornication or adultery but all lustful engagement that we put the body through (e.g. the eyes) are sins of unfaithfulness to God. They remove from our commitment (faithfulness) to God.

The force of sexual impropriety is so strong in human beings, that some have said it is the fruit that Adam and Eve eat in the Garden. Though that idea is nothing less than spiritual and biblical illiteracy, but it reveals how man has seen the sexual pull to do wrong as almost irresistible, over the centuries.

Solomon dedicated several verses to giving a guide to sexual purity in the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 5-7), but he himself became unfaithful to God; eventually marrying foreign wives in droves (Nehemiah 13:26, 1Kings 11:1-13), who led him into idol worship.

Some people are deceived and they try to deceive others by saying that it is a bad thing to be innocent of sexual experiences when unmarried (or even hint that it is so).

With that thought, we are securely in the grip of a strong satanic delusion. Another set of people say that since the blood of Jesus covers our sins, then we can commit sin and specifically sexual sin as much as we want!

The result, according to Paul is that the faith of many gets shipwrecked (1Timothy 1:18-20, Titus 1:12-15). They have turned the grace of God into lasciviousness (Jude 1:4). They have turned something good (grace) as the basis of their reasoning to walking into the satanic cage of sexual impropriety. What those people need is the restoration of the true gospel of grace; they need to be told that the grace of God trains us to live right under God (Titus 2:11-15).

When you get the area of your sexuality right, then I believe that you can start a walk with God. But if in that area you are not practicing holiness (1Peter 1:13-21), it becomes a weight that slows you down in your race to the top (Hebrews 12:1-2). If you are not faithful in your sexuality and sensuality then you still have a long way to go. We can’t even start talking about the other kinds of faithfulness.

If unmarried, you are to focus on God (1Corinthians 7:32-35), and flee youthful lusts.  You don’t know what that means? Let me give you a hint. It at least means “swearing off” pornographic pictures and anything thing that suggestive of sexual impropriety, anything that stirs sexual motions within us, even in the literature books, and this extends to fleeing from peers who have eyes full of adultery (2Peter 2:1-14). It is taking the word of God that says evil communication corrupts good manners serious (1Corinthians 15:33).

If married, there is faithfulness demanded between the man and the woman. The commitment that they have to one another is to mirror the commitment between the Christ and the church, marked by the highest level of faithfulness (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Spirituality

This has to be with your connection with and your communication with God. Faithfulness to God when it comes to your spirituality means consistency in your relationship with him. This is not an up-today-down-tomorrow affair, there is no off season and on season.

There should be consistency in our relationship with the word of God in bible reading; and also in prayers. Paul told Timothy to give attention to reading in the church (1Timothy 4:13).

If that is important for the public event of the church how much should it be to our individual private spiritual life. We need to be faithful in reading the bible. Whatever you do, read the bible! No matter the pressure, read the bible! However you do it, read the bible. That is our means of connecting with the thoughts of Gods (we don’t see him but we can read his words).

There needs to be consistency in prayer, Paul said, “pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17).” It means we should observe the acts of praying with the highest level of faithfulness. There can be no excuse tenable against consistency in praying. It should be more important to you that the air you breathe (since you are supposed to do it without ceasing), while reading the bible should be more important to you than the food we eat (Job 23:12). And we are faithful in doing those two physical things (breathing and eating). That should translate to the two practices of praying and reading the bible.

Also added to those two should be the practice of fasting. Paul talking about himself, said “in fasting often (2Corinthians 11:27).” Fasting is an indication of spiritual hunger for the presence of God (Mark 2:18-20). It is not because you are out of your senses when you decided to leave food for a period of time. It is not that you suddenly lost your appetite. It is the sacrifice that you make to get beyond the veil of your own flesh in your relationship with God.

Service

There needs to be faithfulness in service. Paul wrote, when describing his spiritual assignment from God that it is required in stewards that they are found faithful (1Corinthians 4:1-5). We need to fulfill the divine mandate over our lives, since we are all stewards of the grace of God that has been bestowed on us.

Before leaving the earth, Jesus charged Peter to be faithful in feeding the flock of Christ, His sheep (John 21:15-17)

But Demas was not faithful (2Timothy 4:10); Paul said that instead of continuing with him, Demas he loved this world, following the lead of money more than God’s. The love of money can easily make you unfaithful to the ministry God had committed to you and to the message he has given you to share with your generation.

Being faithful to God in our sexuality has to with our body, separating it to His approved use.

Faithfulness in Spirituality has to do with faithfulness to God in things that add to your personal spiritual development in your own relationship with Him;

Faithfulness in service has to do with faithfulness to God in your helping others in their own relationship with God.

If there is no issue with faithfulness in your sexuality, and there is no issue with faithfulness in your spirituality, this gives the strong foundation for your faithfulness in service. If those first two kinds of faithfulness are not set in your life, faithfulness in service may be a mirage.

 

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