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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
SISTERS' CORNER

FAITHFULLY YOURS

Mrs. Annamma John, Saudi Arabia

 

"Faithfully yours" or "Yours faithfully" are common usages in communication, even though the importance of the word "faithfulness" is not always considered.

 

The psalmist David cried out to God for help, "Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men" (Psalm 12:1). We are living in a time where the faithful disappear not only from among the sons of men but also from the 'so called believers'.

 

In Acts 16: 14-15 we read about Lydia's conversion. The Lord opened Lydia's heart for the Gospe;, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Master and was baptized. In verse 15, we read Lydia's words to Apostle Paul, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay." Lydia was a God-fearing woman. She was confident about her faithfulness to the Lord and Master.

 

Do we have confidence like Lydia about our life in the Lord in this world? Do others notice Christ living in us? In our personal life, at our work places, in the Assembly life, among all those whom we deal with; are we shining examples? Let us examine our hearts.

 

Our testimony is what others evaluate and judge about us. What we often share in various gatherings are our life experiences. We are the letter (newspaper) known and read by all people (2Cor. 3: 2). God testified about Moses, "My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household" (Numbers 12: 7). How did Moses get that testimony? Because he did according to all that the Lord had commanded him. In Hebrews 3: 5, we read, "Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later, but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house…" The Lord found Abraham's heart faithful before Him and made a covenant with him. Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into service."

 

To whom and to what do we have to be faithful? Let's go to Lydia's words itself, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord…..."

 

First of all we have to be faithful to the Lord. "Faithful is He who called us." We have to walk according to our call. We are the stewards of the mysteries of God and so we have to be faithful to God. Stewards should be faithful to the whole household. They are accountable for everything. When we see the parable of the talents, (Mathew 25: 14-30), the Master said, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful for a few things, I will put you in charge of many things…." Let's read the words of the Master in the parable of the ten pounds (Luke 19: 11-26), "…..because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities."

 

Luke 16: 10, "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much."

 

We have to be faithful to ourselves. Let not be merely hearers who delude themselves, but prove ourselves doers of the word. Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "… I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified." (1Cor 9: 27)

 

"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." (2Chronicles: 16: 9)

 

If we are faithful to God and faithful to ourselves, we will be faithful to others. We have to be faithful in Spiritual as well as secular matters. Eph: 6:: 6, "….. not by way of eye service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service as to the Lord, and not to men."

 

Dear sisters, we are stewards of the Lord. We are accountable to our Master. A daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother…. These are all the stages of a woman's life. Are we faithful in whatever stage we are? We have to be faithful in all the spheres of our life.

 

Lack of faithfulness is the main problem for broken families now a days even among Believers' families. The rate of divorce cases are increasing. The wife, who should be a fruitful vine within the house, becomes unfaithful to her husband. The husband, who ought to love his wife as his own body, becomes unfaithful to her. No family altar. The children, who should be like olive trees around the table, are going their own way. The portrait of the virtuous woman mentioned in Proverbs 31: 10 – 31, sheds light on this. "The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain……… Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."

 

We have to be faithful in our family life, especially in bringing up our children. We have to be a role model to them. Proverbs: 22: 6, "Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old he will not depart from it."

 

Let's pause for a moment and examine ourselves. Are we faithful to our Lord and Master? Are we faithful to ourselves? Are we faithful to others? Mothers, if our children have gone astray, let us not blame the children alone. We have a great responsibility. Are we faithful in our family life? Are we faithful in the little things? We have to give an account. So let us bow before the Lord for His guidance. Let us long to hear from our Master, "Well done, good and faithful servant…."

 

 
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