Thursday's Thought

A Weekly Inspirational Message

"Something to help you through the remainder of the week."

Thursday, September 06, 2007


     There is one notion I have difficulty embracing: Equating faithfulness to being regular in attendance. Yes, it is important to be faithful in attendance, but by itself it is not an accurate measure of faithfulness.

     The characters mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 were considered faithful on the basis of the way they conducted their lives. They remained faithful while facing strong opposition and overwhelming odds. (Even a casual reading of the text reveals the difficulties they faced in remaining faithful.)

What's the point?

     The point is this: One's faithfulness is to based on how one lives, not just on assembling for a few hours several times a week. This is not to say assembling is not important. As eating is important to live (it is the activity that gives strength to be active), so assembling is the activity that helps us be faithful in our daily lives. One must live faithfully–-that’s the true measure of faithfulness.

     Sadly, I have known some who were there "whenever the church doors were open" and considered themselves among the most faithful, but lived like the world during the week.

And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."

Luke 9:23

"...Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."

Revelation 2:10

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