They Were Counted Faithful

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Nehemiah 13:13 “And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren.”

Maybe, the best thing that was said about these men in the verse above is that “they were counted faithful.” God would have never placed this statement in this verse if faithfulness was not important to Him. When others around these men were not faithful, they were faithful to what they were supposed to be even when they didn't get the accolades they rightfully deserved. It was the faithfulness of these men to their daily tasks that helped Nehemiah complete the wall and rebuild his nation’s economy.

Proverbs 20:6 says, “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” One of the most important attributes that one could have is to be faithful. I would much rather be called faithful than to be called talented. Faithfulness to the cause of Christ has sadly become a lost character trait and attribute in our day. We wonder why the cause of Christ suffers, and the reason is because there are so few people who are faithful to the cause of Christ. So, what does it mean to be called faithful?

First, it means you are loyal. The work of God needs people who are loyal to His cause and to the man of God who leads this cause. God’s work cannot go forward without believers being loyal. I would hate to think that a dog is more loyal to his master than a believer to their God and the man of God who leads their church.

Second, faithful means you are constant. A church needs people who are constant in disposition and spirit. Constancy in the LORD’s work does more to help the young believer grow than talent or emotion. You could be of great help to the cause of Christ if you will become constant with your emotions and actions.

Third, faithful means you are devoted and committed. In other words, the LORD’s work needs you to put it first above everything else. Your church needs you to be committed to what it is trying to do. When your church is having a big day, you need to be sure to be there for that day. When people are committed and devoted to what the church is trying to do, especially on the big days, is when God can do great works through that church. One of the greatest reasons God cannot do great works through churches today is because of a lack of commitment from God’s people to their church. If you want to be counted faithful, be there when your church is doing something big.

Fourth, faithful means unwavering. In other words, through thick and thin, you are always steady in what you do. When you are going through personal battles, you are unwavering in what you do for Christ. One who is counted faithful is one whose disposition doesn't waver when they are going through the greatest battles of their life.

Fifth, faithful means you are dependable. My friend, what does your history in your church say about you? Can your pastor depend on you being there every Sunday? Dependability is not a talent; it is a choice. It is better to be called dependable than to be called talented yet undependable. If you want to be counted faithful, be dependable to those counting on you being there.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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