How Would You Define “Faithful”?
By Royce Chandler
This sometimes gives me a problem. I know members who have been more or less insulted because I do not consider them faithful Christians, even though they attend many or most of the assemblies, and, in some cases, take part in leading in prayer, serving the Lord’s Supper, and mowing the grass.
Somehow we have grown to have the notion that as long as one attends regularly he is to be counted a faithful member: faithfulness is defined as “coming to the assembly.” But into what category of faithfulness do we place the brother or sister who comes regularly, but never participates in any congregational activities? Is he/she faithful or unfaithful to that work? And what about these:
- He that habitually misses the Bible classes on Sunday morning: is he faithful or unfaithful to his obligation to grow and mature as he submits to the elders and to their providing for our spiritual nourishment?
- He that feels at liberty to let secular things keep him away from the assembly: is he faithful or unfaithful to his duty to edify the rest of us, to praise God, and to show the sinful world where his first love is?
- She that never shows saints the hospitality of her home – or rarely shows it – is she faithful or unfaithful to her duty to do that work?
- The man that negligently lets his family drift apart from each other and from the truth of Jesus: is he faithful or unfaithful as a husband, father, and representative of Christ in the home?
- The sister that works at a secular job, unnecessarily, and lets her children miss out on that divinely expected constant love and watchfulness over her children’s activities and associates is she faithful or unfaithful as a mother and wife?
- The saint who never helps in visiting the erring, the weak, the new prospect for baptism; who neglects his part in the work of visitation the elders have designed to fill these needs; is he faithful or unfaithful to that work?
What about the member who meets every one of the failings but still attends most of the assemblies?
Faithful or unfaithful?
Just how do you define the term, “faithful Christian”? Personally, I do not believe the above persons are counted as faithful by God who commands every one of us to grow to maturity, to be complete to accomplish all things expected of each of us. To the degree that I slack off and remain an undeveloped neglecter and excuse maker, to that same degree I am an erring, unfaithful saint.
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