â€śTherefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.â€ť (Hebrews 2:17 ESV)
Next week, the men of our church will be challenged about faithfulness during the annual menâ€™s conference. We will hear what Godâ€™s word says about Godâ€™s own faithfulness and our response to it. We were created to bear Godâ€™s image, and we, too, are called to be faithful.
Whether or not you attend the conference, this vital topic is something with which we can all relate. Faithfulness is eroding in our society. People tend to be non-committal and unreliable. These degenerative trends sometimes find themselves in churches, too, with the professing people of God not being found consistent in prayer, church attendance, and other spiritual disciplines. As the people of God in the Old Testament underwent a cycle of unfaithfulness, so those of us under the New Covenant often fail to live up to our calling to be faithful.
There is little doubt that Spirit-wrought conviction will find its way into our hearts as we consider Godâ€™s faithfulness and our lack of faithfulness. This is where Christ comes in. Hebrews 2:17 called him a â€śfaithful high priest.â€ť His faithfulness is perfectly consistent and he is totally trustworthy. Where we have failed, he has succeeded. His faithfulness is why we can stand before God.
Not only does Christâ€™s faithfulness cover our unfaithfulness, it also gives us the grace we need to be faithful. We must reckon that faithfulness is not a hopeless cause, but with our faithful High Priest interceding for us, we can be a faithful people, to the glory of our faithful God!
NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH WE WILL NOT MEET AT OUR REGULAR LOCATION
SERVICE WILL BE AT FELLOWSHIP DEACONRY, 3575 VALLEY RD. LIBERTY CORNER,NJ AT 10:30 am â€“ FOLLOWED BY A BARBECUE FELLOWSHIP AT 12:30 pm