Sometimes being faithful means that you keep a secret, other times it means telling the world. There have been lots of deathbed invoked promises, secrets and stories. In life it’s our opportunity to be faithful to someone, and it can be a challenge if we do or don’t want to follow through. In the case of God, He wants us to be faithful to sharing the word about Him, using words when necessary.
I’ve always been intrigued by that phrase, “using words when necessary.” It means that sometimes actions can be more powerful than words, and sometimes what’s necessary are words. We aren’t always that great with our words or actions in any aspect of our lives. We tend to speak and act before thinking which often leading to conclusions, results and issues that are much greater than they were before we said or did anything. We all need to do a better job on our actions and our words, in all areas of our lives. When it comes to being faithful sometimes our actions are more important than our words.
When someone asks us to do a better job with living our life than they did we usually need to work on our actions more than our words, as words have probably been empty in the past. Too many of us are all talk and no action. I’m not talking about those who donate to causes, they’re putting their finances where their feet can’t go. But rather those who rant and rave over things but never do anything to make changes happen.
God has asked us to not only be faithful with secrets but also with telling the world. He asks us to develop a personal relationship with Him, one that is just between the two of you. In most cases He doesn’t expect or want you to stand in the middle of Time Square in NYC and say The Lord’s Prayer. No, He treasures the relationship you two have and those quiet moments are just as important to Him as they are between a couple.
God also asks us to be representatives for Him. Sometimes that means talking, other times acting, but whatever the situation calls for God asks you to do it. We’re not just here to connect with God in a way that wouldn’t be the same if we were all in Heaven, but rather to connect with other people who feel just as lost, just as lonely, just as hurt as we do some days; people that can only be comforted by a God they know nothing about.
What will your choice be this week? Will you choose to be faithful to what God has called you?
“I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.” Psalm 40:10