Goodness and Faithfulness

“The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” – Matthew 12:35

“And the Lord said, ‘Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.’ ” – Luke 12:42-44

Goodness and faithfulness, while mutually exclusive, are linked. To be good without having faith is meaningless, and faith without goodness is a fruitless faith.

No one will argue that being good in life is a good thing, but if you have no faith in God and His plan, you are being good for goodness sake and not for the sake of God. While your goodness may bless the life of another, you are not blessed if you lack the faith to give the glory to God. You can either get your kudos on earth for your good deeds, or you can store them in Heaven, but if you have no belief in Heaven how can you store them there?

Faith is the belief in things not seen. We have faith in fallible chairs all day every day, but no faith in an infallible God who is always true and just. Why will we believe in inanimate objects and not the creator who animated us? Faith is the cornerstone of any belief, and we all choose who we will serve. Will you serve a being or object of this world, or the God who made them all possible? To paraphrase Joshua, Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – Galatians 6:10

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