Marks of a Faithful Disciple, #1
God rewards our faithfulness, even it is overlooked on earth.
God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints (Hebrews 6:10).
What does it mean to be faithful? The word itself means to be
“trustworthy, reliable, or dependable.” It’s a word applied to a person who inspires trust.
A faithful companion of the apostle Paul named Tychicus exemplifies the faithfulness with which most of us can identify. As we consider his life over the next two weeks, we’re going to see four marks of a faithful disciple that can encourage us in our labors and also beckon us to excel still more.
1. He Is Faithful in Love
We might not know Tychicus very well. But Paul did. And Paul considered him an integral part of his ministry.
But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you (Ephesians 6:21).
He calls Tychicus a “beloved brother.” They had a close relationship based on a common love for Christ and each other.
Faithful Christians should have a sincere appreciation and high regard for one another.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35).
Encouraging, edifying relationships with each other inside the body of Christ are fundamental to walking with Him.
Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Faithfulness involves more than reliability in the performance of outward duties. Keep your hearts affectionate toward one another so you can excel still more in Christ.