Faithful in a Faithless Culture

“Obey the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Remember the great things he has done for you.” (1 Samuel 12:24)

It’s human nature to want to fit in with our culture. We want people to like us. We don’t want to stand out and have people think we’re weird. That’s why in the 50’s all the girls wanted pony tails and poodle skirts and all the boys wanted greased back hair and leather jackets. It looks weird now, but back then it was “cool.”

Culture influences more than just wardrobes. It also influences actions and attitudes. How do we live by faith when we are surrounded by a faithless culture? How do we stand strong when our faith is ignored, challenged, and mocked?

First Samuel 12:24, gives us three keys to faithfulness. First, “obey the Lord.” Are we obedient to God’s commands? Second, “serve him faithfully with all our hearts.” Do our hearts belong fully to God or do we toy with the values of our culture? And third, “remember the great things he has done for you.” Are we grateful? These three keys help make sure we are living a faithful life.

When the Israelites moved into the Promised Land, they were surrounded by pagan cultures. Even though God miraculously delivered them from Egypt, crushed the Egyptian army in the sea, and provided food from heaven during the journey, there was still the danger that they would drift into idol worship and forget the God who rescued them.

Friend, the warning God gave the Israelites about being seduced by the cultures of those around them rings true for us today: “…Be careful that you don’t get curious about them after they’ve been destroyed before you. Don’t get fascinated with their gods, thinking, ‘I wonder what it was like for them, worshiping their gods. I’d like to try that myself’” (Deuteronomy 12:29-30).  

It’s easy for us to gradually accept cultural values that shift us away from faith in God. God sees our vulnerability. He knows we can be swayed by the culture around us. His word to us is, “Be careful.” We must stay prayed up and stay in the Word Bibles. We should often check ourselves to see if we are sliding away from God and toward the values we see in our culture.

God is faithful to us. Let us take care to be faithful to him.

Father God, thank you for giving me life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and extending grace and mercy into my life. I choose to put my trust and my confidence in you. Regardless of what I see in the culture around me, in good times or in bad times, I will have faith in your love and your power. Help me to be faithful. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Remaining Faithful

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)

More than likely, someone in your life has disappointed you by not following through on something they promised. People may break their promises, but God always keeps his promises. God shows his faithfulness by doing what he says he will do. Because our lives are based on the promises of a faithful God, we are filled with hope and confidence in every situation.

As the Holy Spirit works in our lives, we develop into people who are faithful, people who do what they say, who keep their promises, and who are worthy of trust.

Those who have been trusted with resources must be faithful with them. Here are three areas of our lives entrusted to us by God that require us to be faithful:

Faithfulness in our relationships. God places people in families and in relationships for a reason. People need other people. God expects us to be there for the people he places in our lives. Are we there for our family when they need us? Are we reliable? Do we consistently provide support, encouragement, and assistance when it’s needed? Do we keep our promises? Being faithful in our relationships is one of the ways we are faithful to God.

Faithfulness in our resources. God gives all of us time, abilities, and financial resources. God expects us to be faithful in using those resources to bring him glory and to build his kingdom. Do we spend time in prayer and reading the Bible? Do we use our abilities to help others? Are we generous with our money? When we give God precedence in how we use our time, money, and talents, we are being faithful.

Faithfulness to our church. Churches are made up of people, and God loves people. The church is God’s plan for reaching people with the gospel and discipling new Christians. Are we faithful in attending church? Do we regularly serve in our church? Ephesians 5:25 tells us that Jesus loves the church and gave himself for it. Just as he was faithful in serving the church, he expects us to be faithful in serving the church.

God is faithful to us. He charges us to be faithful to him, and he promises to reward those who remain faithful until the end: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on the day of his return…” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but he expects us to strive to be steadfast, loyal, dependable, and faithful. And he promises to help us on the journey of faithfulness.

Dear God, I am so thankful for your faithfulness to me. I know your word is good, and your promises are sure. Lord, I know that sometimes I let people down. I’m not as faithful as I would like to be. I want to be a person who is reliable and trustworthy. I want to show faithfulness to my family and friends, and my church. I want to be able to be trusted with the time, abilities, and financial resources you give me. Strengthen my resolve to be faithful until the end. In Jesus’s name, amen.