Faithfulness is a prominent theme throughout the Bible.
Called to Faithfulness
Now Is the Time
By Ted N. C. Wilson
Faithfulness is a prominent theme throughout the Bible. In the Psalms we read of God’s faithfulness: “Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures” (Ps. 119:90, NIV); “O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You” (Ps. 89:8). The prophet Isaiah wrote, “O Lord, You are my God. . . . Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth” (Isa. 25:1). In the New Testament we read that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). In Revelation, Jesus Christ is described as “Faithful and True” (Rev. 3:14; 19:11).
The importance of faithfulness is reflected in the words of Jesus: “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10); in His commendation “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23); and in His promise in Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Faithfulness is identified as a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). The Bible describes many of God’s faithful followers, and today He still has His faithful ones. Ellen White reminds us:
“Christ is present at every assembly and at every private interview. He has made His people the depositaries of rare blessings. He has given them gems and treasures richer than gold; and every faithful colaborer with God is to work the mine of truth and bring the treasures to view. . . . Amid the scorn of men, suffering worldly loss, they have manifested steadfast integrity. . . . They stand true as the needle to the pole, as faithful workers, as standard-bearers for God, in principle firm as a rock.”1
Prophecy Being Fulfilled
As Seventh-day Adventists with a clear prophetic perspective, we can see that the second advent of Christ is fast approaching! We can immediately recognize that Matthew 24 and Revelation 13 are being fulfilled now. The world is in disarray. No one can solve the insurmountable problems facing countries and people groups. Unrest, butchery, and treachery are all around. It isn’t difficult to imagine “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26).
Social trends continue to defy biblical truth and heavenly principles. For those who are carefully observant, recent ecumenical trends are astounding, pointing to the fulfillment of Revelation 13:3.
Call to Faithfulness
God is calling His remnant people everywhere to be faithful to Him through our connection and communion with Him each day. It is only through connecting to the Vine that we can be fruitful and faithful in this age of unfaithfulness.
We are called to faithfulness—faithfulness to Christ, to His Holy Word; to His church and prophetic movement; to His biblical plan for the family; to His sanctuary message; to public and personal witnessing for Him; to belief in and use of the Spirit of Prophecy; to the proclamation of His three angels’ messages; to Christian stewardship; to living the Christian life; to Christian humanitarian service; and to sharing the promise of Christ’s soon return. He is our role model and our Savior. Through Christ’s righteousness and grace we can be faithful because He is faithful.
What a privilege to place ourselves in the hands of One who is faithful, knowing that whatever may happen, God is faithful and just. Whatever we face, we can rely on God’s faithfulness to ultimately bring us home to His eternal kingdom when Christ returns.
Your faithfulness is essential to God’s proclamation to the universe. Because of His faithfulness, He has followers who are faithful. Solomon declares that “a faithful ambassador brings health” (Prov. 13:17). Be an ambassador for Christ as you bring physical, mental, social, and spiritual health to others. Share Christ’s righteousness and His comprehensive health ministry as you engage in His plans for mission to the cities and every place on earth. God promises that “a faithful man will abound with blessings” (Prov. 28:20). Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 4:2: “Moreover it is required . . . that one be found faithful.”
One of the most poignant examples of faithfulness is that of Nehemiah, a faithful man of God serving in the palace of the Persian king. Nehemiah 1:4 records that when Nehemiah heard about the broken-down wall of Jerusalem, he “sat down and wept.” He then turned his pleading heart to the Lord in prayer.
As you face challenges, be fervent in prayer. Plead with the Lord for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit so that we can figuratively repair God’s wall today with Holy Spirit power.
Nehemiah received permission to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. Three days after arriving, Nehemiah challenged the Jewish nation: “Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem that we may no longer be a reproach” (Neh. 2:17). Their response was “Let us rise up and build” (verses 18).
Beware of Cynics
But beware of the cynics of today, represented by Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem, who laughed at and despised Nehemiah. Take courage from God and join with Nehemiah in saying, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build” (verse 20). The construction progressed quickly because “the people had a mind to work” (Neh. 4:6).
When the enemies of God heard of this progress, they made plans to attack. Nehemiah pleaded with the Lord through prayer and then positioned the people saying, “Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses” (verse 14). They divided the task of defense and construction so that all participated. “Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon” (verse 17).
In your faithfulness to God, with one hand do the work of God, and in the other hold the Word of God, your weapon of heavenly authority. Lean completely on the Lord in your faithful service saying, along with those who worked on the wall of Jerusalem, “Our God will fight for us” (verse 20). Let’s work in that same spirit, with one mind of faithfulness to God’s request that we proclaim the three angels’ messages with Holy Spirit power.
A Special Work
“In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists . . . have been given a work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.”2
Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem didn’t give up. Beware of those who try to dissuade or distract you from your great task as a Seventh-day Adventist just before Christ’s coming. Ask God to strengthen your hands and do His great work in faithfulness to Him. God will reward your faithfulness as He did Nehemiah’s. “So the wall was finished. . . . And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it . . . they perceived that this work was done by our God” (Neh. 6:15, 16).
When God shows His mighty hand in your work of faithfulness, give Him all the glory and people will see that He is working through you. “Like Nehemiah, God’s people are neither to fear nor to despise their enemies. Putting their trust in God, they are to go steadily forward, doing His work with unselfishness, and committing to His providence the cause for which they stand.”3
Stand firm for God’s truth and proclaim His Word, as Nehemiah and a host of others have. You are important and critical to the last proclamation of the three angels’ messages. God is counting on you.
1 Ellen G. White, in Review and Herald, Jan. 21, 1890.
2 Ellen G. White, Testimonies to the Church (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1948), vol. 9, p. 19.
3 Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1917), p. 645.
Ted N. C. Wilson is president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.