Our summer series shares a variety of lessons on faithfulness and not giving up. The first message in this series introduces the series and focuses on not giving up. It’s never too late. Don’t quit. Be faithful!
“Let us not become weary in doing good (well doing), for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9
Watch “Introduction to Three Feet from Gold,” read what the Bible says about it, then complete the discussion starter!
You’ve been given a few things for which you are responsible. Many spend their life comparing their few things with everyone else’s few things. Cars, houses, salaries, wealth… it’s all just a few things that are entrusted to you. How do you measure success? God measures in faithfulness. Your very life is a stewardship… a brief span of time filled with opportunities. Whether it’s 30 some years, like Jesus… or 80 some years as the Bible promises, it’s like a flower that is here today and gone tomorrow (Isaiah 40:6-8). Be faithful! Are you being faithful with the life God has given you? Are you using the blessings of your time, treasure, and talents to point people to Jesus? That’s the only way to be confident you’ll hear those precious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
“The master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come share your master’s joy!’ —Matthew 25:21
In John chapter 5 we are introduced to a man who had an infirmity of 38 years. We meet him by the side of a pool where he came day after day in hopes of a miracle. If you showed up at this pool, he was there. He was an unlikely example of faithfulness. He was like the spiritual energizer bunny. He kept coming and coming and coming, and day after day he went home disappointed. He didn’t give up, but you could say he got good at waiting.
“They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall rise up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” —Isaiah 40:31
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This quote from the classic 80’s flick “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” could’ve easily have been taken from the Bible. The Psalmist said, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be” (Psalm 39:4). Life may be fleeting but you can finish well. It doesn’t matter if you got off to a bad start or if you encountered some troubles along the way. God’s mercies are new every morning. He makes everything beautiful in its season. It’s never too late to get things right, to make amends, to forgive and be forgiven, and get back on track. Be faithful with the life God has given you, be faithful with each season, and be faithful with each day.
Your faith is grounded in one thing… the faithfulness of God. Your relationship with Christ relies on a proper understanding of who God is. Everything about God’s character and nature point to His faithfulness. How you see God during difficult times reveal your most basic understanding of who God is, good or bad. Do you see God as unfair, uncaring, or unkind, disapproving, distant, or indifferent, or do you recognize God’s love, compassion, mercy, and goodness? Are you tempted to see God in ways that are inaccurate, built on lies, and not consistent with His character and nature? Do you doubt God’s love and care? What is your default? It makes all the difference. Be sure to set your default to the faithfulness of God.