TEXT: Joshua 24:14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in Faithfulness, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
A faithful worshipper
Faithfulness is a virtue God cannot overlook when we posses it as people who serve and worship Him. He is a faithful God and demands faithfulness from us. “For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.” Psalms 37:28
What then is faithfulness? Take for instance that you had an agreement with someone on a matter. In that agreement, you have a role to play and the second party has his own role to play for the agreement to be established. Your ability to do, and keep doing your own part without wavering is termed your faithfulness.
Another explanation is the case of a promise made. Our ability to keep to our word and promise is faithfulness.
Therefore, faithfulness is a quality of being able to keep to agreement with great consistency, regardless of extenuating circumstances.
“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” Isaiah 42:6
As Christians we are in a blood covenant with God. This covenant was established by Christ Jesus and sealed with His blood.
In this Holy covenant is an agreement; God has His own role to play and we as Christians, have our own role to play. God’s ability to keep His part is the faithfulness of God to His Covenant. Our ability to keep to terms of this holy covenant is our faithfulness to the God of covenant.
We entered into this covenant the day we decided to follow Jesus Christ- the covenant of God to man. And if we call Him a covenant keeping God as some sing and say, we therefore ought to be faithful in keeping our part, knowing that no broken covenant comes without a price.
“This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws (Spirit) in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Hebrews 8:10
God’s part in His covenant with all nations is to provide His Spirit to man. By this Spirit the law of God will be written in men’s heart. By this indwelling Spirit, men will be saved from sin and unrighteousness and the inability to know the judgements of God.
But the spirit does more than conviction and teaching us to live in righteousness. He will also help us to pray, He will help us to worship, help us to live in holiness, cause us to understand the things of God including His word. This generosity of God is revealed in His covenant with all nations.
As for man’s role in this agreement, I Ogba Victor – a bond servant of Jesus Christ heard from the Spirt saying: “Holiness, Righteousness and Obedience.” These three are man’s part to do. And if we are willing and able to do these things at all cost, despite the circumstance, at any time or place, we will be called Faithful before God.
We understand how agreements and covenant works. One has to be faithful to his part so the covenant can remain. Should we fail to keep this covenant and do our part, the repercussion is that God will also not be generous with his Spirit and Grace. The bible says:
“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as faithful to keep his covenant and his testimonies.” -Psalms 25:10
Th passage above agrees that those who keep to God’s covenant, God will show them His mercy and truth. But God will do more than showing mercy and truth, He will keep to His covenant and make His Spirit and Grace abundant. A Christian who has an abundance of God’s Spirit can do so much through Christ Jesus. For the power of God that worketh in us is nothing but an expression of His Spirit.
Again, it is written:
“It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I disregarded them, declares the Lord.” Hebrews 8:9
The nature of God is spelt out in Hebrews 8:9 – He is a covenant keeping God. If we disregard our agreement and break his covenant, he is also liable to disregard and hide his face from us. For we already know that He is a covenant keeping God, He will keep to His word. Jesus Christ said:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18
From the above scripture, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his followers. He promised to come to them even after he is through with His duty on Earth. The world was going to look for Him, but His followers were to continue to experience Him. Then He reminded them of the clause attached to this divine providence of an abiding Spirit; He said: “If you keep my commandments“.
It is very easy today to find Church goers who are not willing to obey the righteous laws of Christ. They still commit all sorts of sin, iniquity and evil not regarding the person of Christ.
How do we think we shall find the face of God living in sin and wickedness against God and against our fellow man? For willfully we break the covenant in utter unrighteousness, un-holiness and in gross disobedience to God. That which He says, “don’t do”, we do. That which He says, “do this”, we don’t do. If we were to be fathers, would we be generous to such children as have no regard for us?
Tell Christians who have the desire to experience and find God that we must repent and return back to being faithful to the covenant we have with God. For unless we repent and return, God’s face will be far from us, and many shall likewise perish.
Obedience to God
We obeyed God when we surrendered to Christ, by this we obtained forgiveness and the indwelling of God’s Spirit. If we want the Spirit of God to remain in us, and for us to grow and well-up to the heights of God, we must live in obedience to God.
By the Spirit we will hear from God, by Him we are regenerated, by Him we grow in grace and knowledge of God, by Him we find God, by Him we build a relationship with Christ. By Him we receive and manifest the spiritual gifts of God. Therefore, figuring out how to keep ourselves aligned for the supply of God’s Spirit should be our priority. And Jesus said “If you obey my commandments, I will send you the Holy Spirit.”
Obedience itself is part of faithfulness to God. To be obedient means that we shall do as we are told, and not do as we are told not to do.
Prayer or living a life of prayer is under obedience to God. Studying the word daily is part of it. Evangelism is part of obedience to the great commission. Running away from lies, deceit, covetousness, bribes, fighting, malice, hatred, slander, envy, wickedness and other iniquities because the bible condemns it, is part of obedience to God.
Sometimes God can use our pastors to tell us things we must do, we must show obedience. Other times God can give us a task to carry out, we must do it without hesitation.
Holiness is a subject many fear to preach and of which many believers never want to listen to because the Holiness of God testifies that man is guilty and needs to be saved. The Holiness of God eposes the evil in the hearts of many, even the strong is made weak in the light of His Holiness. Therefore, many people prefer not hear it at all for them not to be exposed. But God is undeniably Holy; “Thy eyes are too pure to behold evil, and thou canst not look on iniquity.” –Habakkuk 1:13
The aim of this series has not changed, these are the ways you will serve God and you will find his face. It is series that searches the heart of men, should you doubt my gospel, ask for a sign from God and do not resist Him.
Holiness is the quality of becoming separated, dedicated and consecrated unto God. It means to put on a white and spotless robe. It is an attribute of God. Therefore, when a man is holy, he is simply copying God. He talks like God, he lives like God, he relates like God, his appearance is like God, what delights God delights Him, he is conformed into the image of Christ and God. God is Holy!
But now we that are covenanted in the Holy Covenant of God has obtained the Spirit of grace which helps us overcome our weaknesses. Therefore, holiness is the beauty of all saved and heavenly minded Christians. As it is written; “without holiness no one will see God.“
Therefore, we have to be holy and godlike in appearance, in speaking and conversation, in our relationships with friends, families, loved ones and enemies. We have to be holy in our works and deeds, in character and integrity, in our desires and preferences which includes our career pursuit/source of income. In all areas of our lives, we must show consecration and separation, and that we belong to God with all our hearts.
All our religiousness, legalisms, our outward show of spirituality, great preaching and teaching, great singing, fervent tongues and extravagant giving cannot by any means substitute Holiness. One could have all these but would still be rejected by God. In God’s kingdom, holiness has no substitute.
“For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.” – Leviticus 19:2
“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line.” -Isaiah 28:17
Righteousness is the plumbline of God, it is his measuring tool with which he measures those he will accept their worship, service or sacrifice. This is why it is written: “The prayers of the righteous avails much”. But for the wicked it is written: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD.”
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17
Let us consider that Paul first mentioned righteousness as what God’s kingdom is about. Righteousness is the quality of being right or justifiable by God’s standard in our works and deeds. It is the quality of aligning our works according to God’s judgements. The bible agrees that the judgements of God is righteous in Psalms 119:7.
I’ve seen believers who don’t want to hear about righteousness and producing works that align with God’s standards, but want to be part of God’s kingdom.
It is impossible for the unrighteous man to find God, his prayers are an abomination to God. It is impossible for the ungodly and immoral to ever have a relationship with Jesus who is called the King of Righteousness. If He is called the King of righteousness then let us acknowledge that He cannot Lord unrighteousness.
This is how we know that all our works that doesn’t align to the person and judgments of God on how we must live is evil no matter how men see it; and that by doing those works we shall not be acceptable by God. “For God is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.” -Psalm 145:17
The righteous judgments of God are put in two rules:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, is also known as the “Golden Rule”.
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”, is called the “royal law”
In the exact words of Moses; “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
I also have in three topical series given us what we need to find the face of God; In it is life and death. For we must choose to serve God how He desires to be served or we can’t serve Him at all. We must choose to live or to die.
For it pleased God to declare this when He told me to pray to be able to teach His people on how to serve Him. I have kept nothing back but one important part which shall be for the next article. Nonetheless, any man who serves God in the fear of God, in sincere worship and in faithfulness cannot be rejected by God. He will find the face of the God of the Church and of the Bible.