If you study the Word of God you may find the introductions to Paul’s letters as very interesting.
For example in the epistle to the Colossians he seems to differentiate between two types of people receiving the letter.
In verse 2 he talks to the saints and to the faithful brethren, making a point that not all saints are faithful (Colossians 1 v 2).
I suppose you could argue that he is saying all believers are saints and faithful brethren, but I don’t think so, given what we see from many brothers and sisters in the church.
Faithful in this context means doing things properly, being faithful and being fully persuaded in what God has done.
That just does not seem to be the case a lot of the time, so I think Paul is saying there are two types of believers.
You can be a saint (born again) and not be faithful; not faithful to a fellowship, not faithful to other brothers and sisters in Christ, not faithful to leaders.
Faithfulness is a characteristic that should be displayed in a saint, but obviously it is not always seen given what Paul writes.
Are you faithful?
Faithfulness is like integrity; I believe God would rather see faithfulness and integrity in us rather than skills and expertise.
Without faithfulness and integrity we are not useable in the Kingdom.
As a pastor I would rather see faithfulness than skills, without faithfulness I cannot use people in the church.
Faithfulness, faithfulness, faithfulness, that is what is required in the Kingdom.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus was the ultimate example of faithfulness, help me to see this as the way to live my life”.
Colossians 1 v 2…..To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ