According to Webster Dictionary, faithfulness is “steadfast in affection or allegiance.” Constant, dedicated, devoted, steady, true etc. All these are synonymous of that word.
I (Michayla) think our world craves these things. We desire steadfastness, truth, steadiness, and constancy in a shifting, unstable world. In our relationships, in our careers, in our families, in our churches, in our own spirits… we desire faithfulness.
Psalm 36:5 and Psalm 108:4 both say God’s faithfulness “reaches to the skies.” Such a beautiful picture for our finite minds, isn’t it? It has no end… it just goes on and on and on. And that is eternally comforting to His children- the ability to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our Dad is constant, steady, true… forever faithful.
So when it comes to our work in ministry (whether we’re writing curriculum, creating an app, doing a load of laundry, or making dinner for the family), faithfulness is one of the greatest gifts we can offer to those we are serving and to those we work with.
Our world changes quickly. We see the change in technology, especially. All we need to do is take a look at where we were ten years ago (No iPhones? No iPads? No Facebook?) to see how far we have come. The change is good. Progress is important. So when it comes to the place where ministry and technology meet, we’re after progress but we are also after faithfulness. It’s about holding to the core (remaining faithful) while making necessary changes to keep moving forward instead of stagnating (being dedicated). It’s a good tension.
Faithfulness means that the main thing stays the main thing- not tossed about with every whim.
Change is good. It is necessary. Faithfulness, in the midst of it all, is vital.