Faithful to the Lord

Faithful to the Lord

Faithful to the Lord is a sermon teaching us that we should be faithful because God is faithful. Our goal is to be like Christ as much as we can.

Key verses:
I Corinthians 1:7-10
I Corinthians 4:1-2, 16-17
I Corinthians 7:23-25
I Corinthians 10:12-14

It was 1969, I went to Pastor Schermerhorn and told him that I thought the Lord was calling me to preach. He handed me a book, “Lectures to My Students,” by Charles Spurgeon. He told me to read that and then come and talk to him about it. I read it and came back. He asked me what I thought of it and I told him that I thought I could not do it, that it was more than I could handle. He smiled and took me to these verses:

I Corinthians 1:26: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:”

I Corinthians 1:27: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”

I Corinthians 1:28: “And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:”

I Corinthians 1:29: “That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

Then he asked, now what did I think. I told him I thought I matched that description; it was a lot easier.

We are talking tonight about faithfulness. Paul writes to the church in Corinth:

I Corinthians 1:7: “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:”

I Corinthians 1:8: “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

I Corinthians 1:10: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

Qualities I Admire and Respect

I mentioned seeing people I had not seen in many years and decades. I am sure many here have said they have met many people through the years. Think about it, you meet thousands of people in your lifetime and tens of thousands probably. Some of them you are closer to than others. But you go through your life and different parts of your life, you meet all kinds of different people.

I have met some talented people, whose talent was amazing. Their talent is so great that you just admire them. I admire talent, I respect talent. The other day, we took Chris and his mother out to lunch for his birthday. The restaurant had many TV screens and one caught my eye and what people were doing made my jaw drop. It was called “People Are Awesome.” It seems the things they were doing there were humanly impossible, but there they were doing it. I respect things like that. I have not a great deal of talent. I have done some things that are difficult to do, and I know what it takes to do those things.

I remember a few years ago standing next to a guy just about my age and we were watching a young man perform. He was jumping up in the air, flipping, and going around all over the place. And I said to the man next to me that when I was young and in my prime, I still could not have done that. But I appreciate people who can do those kinds of things – talented people.

I appreciate educated people. I appreciate those who have worked hard and studied hard and gained an education. It may not be evident in the way I speak but I have a little bit of education myself. Not counting elementary, junior high, and high school, I went to school for 14 or 15 years after that. You might think I learned a lot, no, I am just slow, and took me a long time. Education is important and I am for education. I appreciate those who have an education.

And I respect and appreciate people who work hard. Some folks do not have a great deal of education, but they work hard and accomplish a great deal. Some people do not have a great deal of talent, but they work hard and accomplish a great deal and I appreciate that.

But I found one quality that is greater than talent. It is even more important than education. Again, I admire and respect these things. It is even greater than hard work although it often goes hand in hand with hard work. That one quality is faithfulness. In the ministry, I work with a great many talented people who are long on talent but short on faithfulness. Thank God that is not everybody. It is not even the majority of people. I met some who were long on education but short on faithfulness. Talent and education, as wonderful as they are, are not as great as faithfulness.

Correcting Errors at Corinth

Paul writes to the church at Corinth that the theme behind the idea of the book of I Corinthians is to correct errors in the church. There were so many things in that church of Corinth that were not as they should be. So, Paul writes this instructional book to help them get things right. Did they get everything right? Well, he had to write a second book of Corinthians. Go back to verse seven:

I Corinthians 1:7: “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:”

The first thing Paul says is, “So that ye come behind in no gift;” — what he is saying there is that he does not want them to be lacking. Paul wants them to have everything that they needed so that they could do service and the work of the Lord. He does not want them to be missing or lacking anything. But he also says, “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:” – you and I are supposed to be waiting for the Lord to come. Why are we supposed to be? Because He told us to do that.

I was doing something for someone the other day, it was not a big deal. They told me that they really appreciated me doing it for them. I replied to them that I was told to do it. Jesus told me to do it. The person asked how He told me to do that? I said Jesus would have me do unto others as I would have them do unto me. This was what I would want someone to do for me, so I was doing it for them. The Lord told me to do it. That is what Paul is talking about here.

The Lord told us to be waiting for His coming, to be looking for His coming, to be ready for His coming. When you wait, it does not mean to just sit in your chair and wait, it means to be busy while you wait. What Paul is teaching us here is that we are supposed to be waiting for the coming of Christ. We are supposed to be looking for the coming of Christ, but we are not to be lacking while we are doing it. Be busy while we are waiting for the coming of the Lord.

Required to Be Faithful

And then in verse eight, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes:

I Corinthians 1:8: “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul writes, “Who [Jesus Christ] shall also confirm you unto the end,” – that is an interesting statement. There are certain churches you go to and before you can become a full-fledged member of the church, you need to be confirmed. You take classes for confirmation. We do not do that here, but I am not saying it is wrong to do that. What I am saying is that all the classes you take and all the things you do are not going to confirm you, only Jesus can confirm you.

Paul writes that Jesus Christ shall confirm you, “that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” When Jesus comes, He will confirm you and establish you and secure you until the end. What is meant by “the end”? When He comes. So that when you stand before Him, you are blameless, you are without fault. You have been found faithful when Jesus comes.

Why does He require us to be faithful? Because God is faithful. The goal of the Christian life is to be as much like Jesus as we can be. And that is it. We are supposed to be as much like Jesus as we can be. And God is faithful, therefore, we ought to be faithful. He has called us to be faithful.

Be In Fellowship

Verse nine goes on to say:

I Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

That is an important statement that we have been called. We have been called to the fellowship of Jesus. That means you and I are to fellowship with Jesus, and it also means you and I are to fellowship with each other. We are supposed to fellowship with each other. You read the book of I John, a totally different author to a different audience, but you will find all through there, he talks about fellowship.

Someone said a good definition of fellowship is two fellows in the same ship. They need to be working together. If you are not working together, you are going to have problems. Did you ever ride in a canoe with someone? Have you ever tried rowing one way while the other person is rowing the other way? It is hard. I have and of course, I was going the right way. At least we like to think so, don’t we? But God has called us into fellowship with Himself and with each other.

I was preaching at another place a few years ago. A young college student came to me afterward and asked me if I was sure that I preached that passage correctly. I hope you do not think of me as arrogant, but I said yes to him. He asked how I could be so sure, and I replied that I just take it as it is. It is not any more difficult than that.

So, the Lord has called us to fellowship, He has called us to be ready, in verse nine, He calls us to be faithful. In verse ten, Paul talks about fellowshipping — you and I together as Christians are part of the same church, part of the same body of Christ. This is what it is supposed to look like. It is not how the church at Corinth looked. It is the main reason Paul wrote this letter. It is how our church should look. It is how the church at Corinth should have looked, how any church should look. Now look at verse ten:

I Corinthians 1:10: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

Paul writes, “Now I beseech you, brethren,” – meaning, I am pleading with you, I am begging you — “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” – you are professed followers of Jesus Christ. You are supposed to be growing to be more like Him. I beg you in the name of Jesus Christ that you do the following:

1) You all should speak the same thing. What does that mean? To speak the same language. It is good to speak the same language, but it is not required that everybody speak the same language. You know that. That is not what he is talking about. When he says you should speak the same thing, what is it that we are all supposed to be speaking? We are all supposed to be talking about Jesus, we are all supposed to be telling the story. We are all supposed to be trying to communicate the same message, this what he is saying and not a variety of different messages. We all need to speak the same thing.

2) There are to be no divisions among you. Later in this chapter in verse thirteen, Paul asks:

I Corinthians 1:13: “Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”

In the church at Corinth, there were followers of Paul, followers of Apollos, and followers of Peter. And Paul said it should not be like that. Some got more spiritual than others and said to go follow Paul, Apollos, or Peter if they wanted to but they, themselves would follow Jesus. But we should all be following Jesus. That is the whole point. There should be no divisions among them.

If there are divisions among you, it goes back to that thing about the canoe. If you are in the back or in the front and try to row two different directions, you do not make much progress that way. You must be working together, aiming for the same goal.

3) Then Paul writes, “but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Does that mean we are all going to think exactly alike? I guarantee you, if you get two or more people together, they are not going to think exactly alike.

There is an old Jewish saying, “Ask five Jewish people what they think, and you get seven opinions.” And that is not just Jewish people, is it? There are all kinds of people. People do not always think alike. When Paul says to be in the same mind, the same judgment, we ought to seek the mind of Christ. We ought to seek the Lord to lead us in our thinking. Now, that is foundational. What Paul shares with us here is foundational to what we are talking about today, this idea of being faithful.

Being Accountable

Go with me now to chapter four and we are going to find this theme runs throughout the book of I Corinthians:

I Corinthians 4:1: “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”

If somebody is going to take account of you, and we said this morning, it is universally understood at some point, we are all going to be called to account for certain things. And we are all going to give account for the Lord on how we lived. What Paul is saying here is, “Let a man so account of us,” – let a man examine our books.

Have you ever had somebody come in and check your books? Ever have an IRS agent show up unannounced and say that they wanted to look at things? We had someone like that go into our office right there. A lady from the IRS came one day while we were having day camp. She had been next door and was told to come over here. She asked if those folks knew why she was there. I told her that I did not even know why she was here. She told us why she was here, and I told her I would get some information together that she needed. How did it turn out? We are still here, aren’t we?

But the thing I am trying to get across to you is this, as Paul is saying, we all need to be accountable. We are accountable to men. Do not let peer pressure govern your life, that is not what we are talking about. But you ought to present a good testimony before other people. So, there is a sense there that you should care about what other people think. It is not to try and impress them with yourself, you are trying to impress them with the Lord. That does not mean to be arrogant in your spiritual work either. It means to be a humble servant before the Lord.

Paul is writing here as a pastor, a preacher saying, “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ [preachers], and stewards of the mysteries of God.” A steward is a trustee or a manager. What is it that these stewards and managers are trustees of? The mysteries of God. What does that mean? It means the doctrines of God. The great truths of God. And in this same book Paul says, “I show you a mystery,” and in I Thessalonians, “I show you a mystery.” What is he talking about? I have told you many times, it is not something hard to figure out or hard to understand. He is talking about new truth. It is new truth that has been revealed here. The preacher who is the proclaimer of truth is responsible for giving that truth and responsible for being true and accurate in all of it.

I mentioned a young man asking me if I was interpreting a passage correctly. There was a lady in the church, a member, who came to me and asked if everything I preached was in line with the Word of God. I looked at her and said that it better be because if it is not, I am going to have to answer Him for it. That is right, one day I am going to have to give an account to Him. We as ministers are stewards of the mysteries of God. You are like a manager or a trustee of the great truths of God.

I Corinthians 4:2: “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

“A man be found talented.” – is that what it says? “A man be found educated.” – is that what it says? Now, I told you I admire talent, I admire education. More than admire, I respect it. “A man be found a hard worker.” – is that what it says? It goes hand in hand with this. All these things are good qualities.

Being talented, you do not have a lot to do with being talented. It is either something you have or you do not. But you do have something to do with being educated. You do indeed. And you do have something to do with working hard. But none of these things are what Paul says are requirements of stewards. Those who are entrusted with God’s Word, those who are entrusted with the mysteries of the great truths of God. What is required of them? The word “moreover” means “more than anything else” is required to be good stewards, is “that a man be found faithful.” That is the important word.

Be Followers of Me

Now, in the same chapter, chapter four, Paul makes an interesting statement here and he makes a similar statement in the book of Philippians, and if you take it by itself, you might think that Paul was a little bit on the arrogant side. Look what he says:

I Corinthians 4:16: “Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.”

The word “wherefore” refers to the previous verses he wrote. Paul is begging them to be followers of him. He does not say it in this verse, but he does say it again in Philippians, “Be ye followers of me even as I am also of Christ.” Paul was saying to be followers of him as he follows Jesus. He is following Jesus, therefore get in line behind him because they will all be following Jesus. That is what he is saying. In that sense, you and I ought to be willing and able to say “to be followers of me.” You might say, you do not want people to be following you. I understand that so well, I know how you feel about it. But you can say follow me if you are following Jesus. Because if you are following Jesus, there is no question that you are going the right way. Follow me. But Paul did not stop:

I Corinthians 4:17: “For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.”

“For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus,” — Paul sent Timotheus to the church at Corinth. We know this is the same young man, Timothy. Paul would later write the epistles, I and II Timothy to the same fellow.

“For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son,” – We might think that Paul had children, we do not know that he did. We do know that Timothy was not Paul’s son. Remember we talked earlier about the physical descendants of Abraham and spiritual descendants of Abraham and they are not the same. They can be the same, but they are not necessarily the same. Paul is not calling Timothy his physical son. You read Timothy’s heritage and you’ll know his father was not Paul. What Paul is saying is that Timothy is his son in the Lord. Timothy is his spiritual son. Paul did not even lead Timothy to the Lord. How do we know that? Because scripture says that his mother and his grandmother led him to the Lord. By the way, that speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

But Paul calls Timothy a beloved son because he is like a son to Paul. He continues to write, “For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ,” – Timothy is going to teach the same things that Paul taught him. He is going to teach the ways that Paul follows. This is why Paul can say, “Be ye followers of me.” Timothy is going to teach the way that Paul follows because those ways are in Christ. Paul is following Jesus; therefore, you can follow me the way. Because if they follow Paul and he follows Christ we are all going to the right place as we said before.

And then he says he teaches everywhere in every church. But he could not make it to Corinth right now but says he would send Timothy to them and he will teach them everything that Paul taught him because Timothy is faithful in the Lord. He will bring to remembrance the things that are important. He will bring to remembrance the things that will solve the issues that you are having in the church there.

Surrendering to the Lord

Let’s go to chapter seven. The context of chapter seven is marriage. Whenever I do premarital counseling with a couple, I tell them that I want to do a minimum of five premarital counseling sessions with them before we do the wedding. Why do I do that? Because I want them to get started on the right basis spiritually. Those five sessions are just a starting point, but if you take what is in those five sessions and you follow what is in there and you are off to a great start. I do five bible studies. That is where the great counsel comes from. It is not mine; it is what the Word of God has to say.

The first place we start is I Corinthians chapter seven. What are we looking for there? Well, there is a lot in this chapter but the main thing I am looking for in this chapter is simple. What is God’s will concerning marriage? That would be a good thing to know if you are going to get married. Let’s take a look at that chapter for God’s will concerning marriage. We will look at verse 23 what Paul writes to the church at Corinth. By the time we get down to that verse, Paul has done a lot of teaching.

I Corinthians 7:23: “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.”

“I thought we were supposed to serve men.” We are but what he is saying is remember who you really belong to. He says you are bought with a price. What is the price? The cross. You are bought by the blood of Jesus Christ; therefore, you belong to Him. Never lose sight of that. The reason he mentions that in the context of I Corinthians chapter seven, as you are considering marriage, as you are thinking about God’s will in marriage, you remember that it is all not up to you. You need to surrender it to the Lord.

If you are not married and you would like to be married, the first thing you need to do is surrender your desire to be married to the Lord. What do I mean? You need to go to the Lord all by yourself and say, “Lord, here I am. I love you and want to serve you. If you want me to be married, I will be married. If you want me to be single, I’ll be single.” Where did I get that? In I Corinthians chapter seven. You are bought with a price, “be not ye the servants of men.”

I Corinthians 7:24: “Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”

What does that mean? That means you surrender (whether or not you are going to be married) to the Lord and you stay with what the Lord tells you what to do. Now, I will tell you what I tell in counseling, if you are scared and worried about that, it is God’s will that people ought to be married. Not everybody. Do you think God wills some people not to be married? Yes, it is in I Corinthians chapter seven. But it is God’s will for most people to be married. Your main concern is to surrender to whatever God’s will for your life is. “Do you think if I am not married, that it is God’s will for me to be married?” Surrender to him and follow him. But do I think so, yes.

I Corinthians 7:24: “Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”

Whatever the Lord’s will is for you, you do that. Why? Because you are bought with a price. You do not belong to yourself; you belong to Him.

Paul’s Insight

If you think Paul was acting a little arrogant back in chapter four when he said, “Follow me,” then you will really think he is arrogant here.

I Corinthians 7:25: “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.”

Paul writes, “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord:” Hold up a moment. “I thought God told what people should write. What is he saying? The Lord has not given a commandment on this. I am going to tell you what I think.” Wow, that sounds like an arrogant guy, doesn’t it? “God did not tell you, so I am going to tell you.” Where does he get off? Well, we did not finish the verse:

I Corinthians 7:25: “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.”

Do you understand what Paul is saying here? God is letting Paul tell what he thinks. God is letting Paul give his insight because God has found Paul faithful. He is saying the same thing he said in chapter four. “You can follow me because I am following Jesus.” He is saying, “You can follow me because the Lord has found me faithful.” He says, “I can give you my judgment and the Lord is letting me write it in this epistle to you which will become the inspired Word of God for all ages. He is letting me do this because He has found me faithful.” That is a lot that it teaches us. But one of the things that it teaches us is that God puts a high priority on being faithful.

Make Sure You Are Right

I shared this with you not long ago. I was having lunch with another preacher we knew who had disgraced himself and resigned from the ministry and resigned from his church. The other preacher looked across the table at me and said, “I’m mad at him, aren’t you?” I said, “Why are you mad at him?” He replied, “He has done damage to the church.” He had. He could have added that he had done damage to his family. He had. He could have said he had done damage to the cause and testimony of Christ and he had. He had done all of that. So, he asked me if I was mad at him. I said that I was not mad at him because I look at it differently. He asked me why I was not mad at him. I quoted this verse to him:

I Corinthians 10:12: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

He asked me if I had done what that preacher did. I have not done what that preacher did, and I want to be clear about that, but it does not mean I think I am better than him. Nor am I any better than any other sinner. The truth is we can all sin and have sinned. We had better take care that we do not sin. Because the same sin that this fellow fell into, you can too. I can give you many illustrations of that, but I do not think I need to.

The key is not in verse twelve. The important principle is in verse twelve — to look at yourself and make sure you are right. It is the same thing that Jesus said, before trying to get the mote out of someone’s eye, take the beam out of your own eye. Kind of the same thing, isn’t it? Make sure you are right before you start talking about others. But the key to the success of that is verse thirteen:

I Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Because God is Faithful

“There hath no temptation taken you,” — now if there were a period there it would have taken a whole different light. There is no temptation that has ever taken you. That is not what he is saying. He is saying, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:” – what is he saying there? He is saying the same things that tempt you, tempt other people. And conversely, things that tempt other people can tempt you. That is why he said in the verse before, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” The same thing that tempts other people can tempt you: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:”

Read the next four words: “but God is faithful.” God is faithful, isn’t that where we started? God is faithful. You are to be faithful because God is faithful. The same temptations other people have, you can have and the same temptations you have, other people can have. But God is faithful, look what he says, “God is faithful, who will not suffer” – now when we think of suffering, we think we will go through a hard time, but that is not what it means here. God will not allow “you to be tempted above that ye are able;”

We have heard people say that God will not give you more than you can bear. Have you ever read those words in the Bible? You have not. They get that idea right here; this is where they get it. God will not allow “you to be tempted above that ye are able;” – that is where they get that idea. The way people quote it to you is not what it says, but this is the same concept. What do I mean? It is not saying you are not going to be tempted. You are going to be tempted, we all are going to be tempted and that is what he is saying. But God will not give you a temptation greater than you can handle. Some temptations are awfully strong. They are.

You take an addiction, any addiction, you can be addicted to all kinds of things. You can be addicted to drugs but can be addicted to all kinds of other things too. That is one of the strongest things anyone will have to deal with. It is because it affects a person mentally, physically, and spiritually, all three aspects of the human being.

“God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation” – that means that God just does not give a temptation, but with it, God is giving you something right alongside the temptation. What is it?

I Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,” – “also make a way to fight back.” Is that what it says? It does not say that. It says, “also make a way to escape.” Let me give you a beautiful Bible illustration of that.

A Way to Escape

Not long ago, brother Chris gave a series on the life of Joseph. You know the story of Joseph; his brothers did not like him. He was treated better than they were. So they get mad at him and want to kill him and put him in a pit. A group of Midianites came by and bought him. He was sold to an Egyptian man named Potiphar. Joseph works for Potiphar and is a very faithful man, that is what we are talking about here, the idea of faithfulness.

One day Joseph is in Potiphar’s house and his wife liked the look of Joseph and she is not being faithful to her husband and she is being tempted toward Joseph. She asks Joseph to do what he knows he should not do. Now, God has not yet written the law that says thou shalt not commit adultery. Jesus has not said yet that whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after hath already committed adultery in his heart. But those principles were still true even though they had not been written down yet.

More than once, she calls on Joseph to be with her. Joseph tells her that he is a man of character, a man of strength, a man of talent, and of education, he worked hard and he loved God, and that she could not tempt him. Is that what he did? No, that is not what he did at all. What did he do? He ran, that is what he did.

Later, Paul would write to Timothy. And you know what he wrote? Flee youthful lusts. Paul is saying the same thing Joseph said. Joseph did what Paul said in I Corinthians:

I Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you [when you have temptation that other people do not have] but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer [allow or permit] you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with [alongside] the temptation also make a way to escape [not a way to fight back or show how strong or tough you can be, but a way to get out of there],” – Why?

I Corinthians 10:12: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

You may say, “I can handle this.” Oh, no you cannot. That is what God is telling you. You get out of there. God is faithful who will “make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

I Corinthians 10:14: “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, don’t worry about idolatry.” – is that what he said? No, he says:

I Corinthians 10:14: “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”

Be Found Faithful

Do not get trapped in that. Why did he say that? It was a big thing in the church at Corinth. It was. Because God is faithful, you can escape temptation. Do not miss this. Because God is faithful, you can be faithful. But you need Him. The greatest accomplishment you can achieve is not talent, I am all for talent. The greatest accomplishment you can achieve is not education, I am all for education. The greatest accomplishment you can achieve is not just to work hard.

“Preacher, are you saying you know hard-working people that are not faithful?” Yes. The greatest achievement that you can accomplish is to be faithful. Be faithful to the Lord first of all. Be faithful to your duties, whatever your duties are. Be faithful to your family. Be faithful to your friends. And can I add this, be faithful to your church. Be faithful because it is required among stewards to be found faithful. Because God is faithful. Because Timotheus was sent to solve the problems in Corinth because he was faithful to the Lord.

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