12 Scriptures on Being Faithful to God
There are several verses in the Bible that refer to being faithful to God. God is not looking for perfect people, He is simply searching for those who will be devoted to Him. Below are twelve of the top passages that describe Christian faithfulness. Each verse is quoted then followed by a brief comment.
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Scriptures on Being Faithful to God
- 1 Samuel 26:23 – “May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.”
Saul, the King of Israel, had been trying to kill David. When David had the opportunity to kill Saul, he chose not to because Saul was God’s anointed. David said God would “repay every man for his faithfulness.” Are we faithful like David? What if we believe our pastor is doing wrong, or more importantly, doing us wrong? If we take the high road, we can rest assured God will reward our faithfulness.
- 2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
God is looking for people whose heart is fully His and are loyal to Him. If we are faithful to God, He will show Himself strong toward us in all we do. Let’s search our hearts and make sure it is loyal and faithful to God.
- Psalms 12:1 – “Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.”
What an indictment against our day. God is looking for faithful men and women. I hear pastors saying this all over the world, “Help, Lord, the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.” The body of Christ is in desparate need of faithful men and women. Will you commit to being one of them?
- Proverbs 20:6 – “Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy (faithful) man?”
This is similar to Psalms 12:1 except this verse says, “Many a man proclaims his own loyalty.” Lots of people proclaim their own faithfulness, but real faithfulness is hard to find. I’ve experienced this over and over when planting a new church. Someone would come to me and say, “Everyone else may leave, but I’m behind you, pastor.” The very next week, they would be walking out the door. James 5:12 says, “Many a man proclaims his own loyalty” but are they really faithful? Words are cheap!
- Proverbs 28:20 – “A faithful man will abound with blessings.”
Abound is defined as, “To occur or exist in great quantities or numbers; to be rich or well supplied; to be filled.” When we are faithful, we will be rich, well supplied, and filled with God’s blessings in more ways than we can imagine. What an incentive to be faithful!
- Matthew 25:21 – “His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
This is an excellent verse about our reward (position) in heaven. Contrary to what many believe, not everyone will have the same position in heaven. We will be rewarded according to our faithfulness here on earth. We are saved by grace and grace alone, apart from anything we do (Ephesians 2:8-9), but position and reward is earned. This all will be determined at the judgment (bema) seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-4:2, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, Romans 14:10-12). This is a judgment for believers only. Will we be found faithful?
- Luke 16:10 – “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”
If we are faithful in the little things (business, ministry, possessions, etc.), we prove to God we can be trusted with greater things. When we are faithful with what has already been given to us, we are given more (time, talent, treasure, responsibility), because we have shown we can be trusted with it. If we are untrustworthy with that which is least, we show we cannot be trusted with more. In fact, we are in danger of losing what we have. “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 25:29).
- Luke 16:11 “If you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
In this verse, “mammon” is referring to money or finances. Are we faithful with our finances (tithe)? The Bible makes it clear we will suffer financially if we are not faithful with our tithe (Malachi 3:8-10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-10). But, when we are faithful with our tithes and offerings, we have the promise we will experience increase not only financially, but in more ways than we can imagine (Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 28:20).
- Luke 16:12 “If you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?”
This verse deals primarily with being faithful with something that belongs to someone else. This can apply to business or ministry. If we are employed by someone or a volunteer or staff member at our church, our job is to be supportive of those above us. Our job is to make that business or ministry flourish, prosper and excel. We are to make that business owner, CEO or senior pastor shine. If you want to be promoted, or one day have your own business or ministry, you must be faithful with what belongs to another. Many have tried to start their own business or ministry and failed miserably because they would not be faithful to someone else.
- 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
This verse contextually deals with the judgment (bema) seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-4:2, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, Romans 14:10-12) as did Matthew 25:21 above. 1 Corinthians 3:10-16 gives specific details about the judgment seat. It is a judgment for believers that will determine the reward we receive. This verse makes it clear that faithfulness will be part of what determines our reward. 1 Corinthians 3:12 says we will all pass through the fire of this judgment as “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw.”
As we go through this fire all our works that are burned up will be lost. Only what remains will we be rewarded for. The metaphor used here is quite insightful. Where are “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and straw” found? Gold, silver and precious stones are found beneath the earth whereas wood, hay and straw are found above ground. Things above ground are easily seen, but things beneath the earth cannot be seen. Most of what we do for Jesus that is seen by man will be burned up. What we do for Christ that no one sees is what we will be rewarded for.
- Ephesians 1:1 “To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.”
Paul, writing to the Ephesians, addresses two categories of people; the saints and the faithful. These two groups are also in the church today. Saints (blood washed believers) and faithful saints. In most churches, twenty percent of the membership carries the burden of the ministry (financial support, attendance, work, etc.). The other eighty percent sit back and enjoy the fruit of their labor. Are you simply a saint in the body of Christ, or are you a “faithful” saint?
- Revelation 2:10 – “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
This was written to the church in Smyrna, which was about to experience difficulties. They had been faithful and Jesus promised if they would remain faithful He would reward them with “the crown of life.” James gave a similar promise, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation (trial), for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). “Be faithful until death.” This requires the ultimate commitment of martyrdom. Do we have that kind of commitment to faithfulness?
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me” (John 16:1-3).
This kind of commitment and faithfulness brings with it the promise of victory over the evil one (Revelation 12:11).