Author: Reeba James
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless….
He will also be faithless?
if we are faithless, he remains faithful
for he cannot deny himself. | 2 Timothy 2: 11-13
Let that sink in. Even if we are faithless, Christ remains faithful. And why? Because it’s at the core of His very being. It is who He is. He is a faithful God and His faithfulness is not dependent on us.
Paul’s words have recently been on my mind. Quite often, I feel so faithless. My faith isn’t moving any mountains. Sometimes this leads me to believe that somehow God regards me less. The circumstances of life seem impossible, and my faith wains as the situations don’t change.
Where is God? And why is He continually letting this happen? Must be because of me.
And this is where the inherent lie blossoms. A lie that clouds us into thinking we must be a certain level of good or spiritually “on fire” for God to care and listen. A lie that leads us further away from God’s true nature. A lie that forgets Christ died for us while we were still sinners. That Jesus Christ, while in complete agony on the cross, about to take on the wrath of God, intercedes for His killers:
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. | Luke 23:34
We have the eternal hope and joy of knowing God, of knowing our Creator. And yes, we are called to the victorious Christian life in Christ. However, we are not called to judge ourselves based on our perceived goodness—concluding that we just don’t have enough faith. Because, even if our faith truly is weak, even if we are faithless, God remains faithful.
His love towards us does not change.
He does not change.
So, be encouraged, friend, that our eternal hope is not in our abilities or the size of our faith. Instead, it rests solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross—His death and His resurrection. Whether big or little, or sometimes seemingly nonexistent, our faith in Jesus Christ is the reason we have hope, the reason we can rejoice despite the circumstance.
Because He is faithful.
Reeba James lives in Elmwood Park, New Jersey and currently works as a junior accountant at Believers Stewardship Services. When she isn’t balancing the books, she’s balancing the demands of work, family, friends, and life in general. She likes to laugh, eat ice cream, and do anything active or outside. Ultimately, she lives to know Christ and make Him known; her prayer is always to count everything as loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord.