Faithfulness Taught by Example
My father taught me about faithfulness. It wasn’t just the words he spoke or the result of any forceful action on his part. It was, however, a daily lesson.
My father taught me faithfulness by simply being faithful.
Faithful to Family
My father was faithful to my mother. No other woman entered his thoughts or entertained his attention.
The word divorce was never mentioned in our home. In fact, I probably didn’t even know the word until my later years in school. My mother never had to worry about where my father was. He always told her where he was going and usually how long he expected to be away.
Faithful to Employer
My father was faithful to his employer. He never laid out of work no matter how he felt. Unless he was in the hospital or deathly sick at home, he always rose early in the morning, did his chores, gave Mom a special kiss and told us goodbye. He gave his employer ‘an honest day’s work’ whether he received an honest day’s pay or not.
Faithful to Parents
My father was faithful to his parents. He always checked in on them, prepared and shared garden produce, and raised a beef for them each year.
Faithful to Children
My father was faithful to his children. We were secure in his love for us. He did without to provide our needs. There was always food on the table and clothes on our backs.
Money was hard to come by, but if he could afford it, he would do his best to provide what we needed.
As a child, I never had to go to bed hungry or worried that my father would never return home.
Faithfulness Brings Joy
Faithfulness is a Bible word. Paul speaks of faithfulness in Colossians 2:
“For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
Paul spoke highly of the faithfulness that was displayed by the Colossian brethren. They exhibited a steadfast walk of faith that brought joy to Paul’s heart.
The Colossians’ walk of faith was due to the faithfulness of the One they put their trust in, Jesus Christ.
Following Jesus’ example of how to live a fruitful life laid the foundation for a solid walk that led to an abundance of thanksgiving.
“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
The Colossians enjoyed the blessings of a true relationship with their Savior.
It brings joy to my heart to look back and remember my father’s steadfast faithfulness to his family.
His walk of life was a path that I could tread upon with thankfulness, but Christ’s faithfulness to me is the most important example of faithfulness I could ever discover.
©2017 by Peggy Clark
To further your studies in Colossians, check out Ms. Clark's Bible study, So, What's the Latest News? Messages from a Prisoner in Rome available from WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan.