Can You Be Counted On?
“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NASB)
It’s not easy to find someone who can really be counted on. The Good News Bible translates Proverbs 20:6 this way: “Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!” I’ve been in the ministry over 30 years, I’ve learned the truth of that statement. I’ve learned that not everyone who volunteers to serve will actually come through.
Why is faithfulness so important in the Christian life? In the first place, we should be faithful because God is faithful. Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in faithfulness.” (NASB). Since God desires for us to be like him, he wants us to learn to be faithful.
In addition, faithfulness makes life much easier. Unfaithfulness is the cause of so many problems that Proverbs 25:19 says, “Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot is confidence in a treacherous person in time of trouble.” (NASB).
Do you know what the writer is saying? He’s saying that unreliable people are a pain — like a bad toothache. They’re like a limp foot. You know what it’s like to have a bunion or a corn on your foot. It hurts, doesn’t it? When you’re depending on an unreliable person, you can never quite relax. In the back of your mind you’re always wondering, “Will he let me down again, or will he come through this time?” Working with inconsistent people is extremely frustrating.
We all look for faithfulness in others as we go about our daily activities. We want the paper carrier to be reliable. (When we had a local newspaper.) When I mail a letter, I depend on the mail service to get it there. I want the food at my favorite restaurant to be consistent from week to week.
The most famous geyser in America is ‘Old Faithful’ at Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful is not the biggest geyser in America. And it’s not the most powerful geyser in America. What makes it famous is its faithfulness! It’s like clockwork. It’s dependable. People appreciate dependability, even in a geyser.