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February 26, 2014

February 26, 2014

"Faithfulness is a Rare Quality"

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.  Let’s celebrate together!”  Matthew 25: 23

Real servants are faithful to their ministry.  They finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises and complete their commitments.  They don’t leave a job half done nor do they quit when they’re discouraged.  They are trustworthy and dependable.

I often hear comments about people not being very faithful in terms of fulfilling commitments today.  Yet, that’s not a new problem.  The Bible talks about lots of people who weren’t very faithful.

Many people don’t know the meaning of the word commitment.  People make them casually; break them for the slightest reason without hesitation, remorse or regret.  We even see this in our service ministries each Sunday.

Can you be counted on by others?  Are there promises you need to keep, vows you need to fulfill or commitments you need to honor?  Have you kept your commitments in ministry?

God has shaped you for unique service.  Have you been obedient to God’s call in your life to bless others through your ministry service?  Are you using His gifts to be a blessing?

This is a test.  God is testing your faithfulness.  If you pass the test you’re in good company:  Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Daniel, Timothy and Paul were all called faithful servants of God.

God promises to reward faithfulness.  Imagine what it will feel like when you stand before God and He says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you more responsibilities.  Let’s celebrate together!”

By the way you can retire from a job but you can never retire from a ministry.  There is no retirement program for faithful servants.  They serve God on earth as long as they are able.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don

P.S.:  I just want to share with you all that God called Roxann's mom, Marion Albro, home to Himself on Monday morning.  Calling hours are 5 - 8 onThursday, Feb. 27 @ Harmon-Watson Funeral Home in Castile NY.  The funeral is at Pike Community Church, Pike, New York on Friday at 5 PM with a supper to follow, just as we do.  Please share our joy in Marion's homecoming.  If you are able to join us for calling hours or the service we would love to share the celebration with you.