The Greek term pistiv (pistis) can be translated “faith” or “faithfulness.” Here faithfulness, “the fidelity of the character of one who can be relied on,” is meant. Joseph exemplified this virtue as a servant in Potipher’s house, even when it cost him a prison term. The Bible is replete with accounts of persons like Joseph who were faithful. Chapter eleven of Hebrews is a “Hall of Fame” of those who were faithful to God, even at the cost of their lives.
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
Faithfulness is a deliberate response to act in a godly and righteous way toward God and others based on hope. It requires sacrificing self at whatever cost as demonstrated by Christ, the perfecter of our faith.
Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne (Hebrews 12:2).
Faithfulness is one of the essential attributes of God. We read repeatedly in the Scriptures that God is faithful; therefore, we can always count on Him. Others should be able to count on Christians to be faithful in their dealings with them. Trustworthiness and loyalty are traits of faithfulness. A lack of faithfulness is a sign of spiritual immaturity.
Believers will not be judged based on how successful they were in the eyes of the world, but on how faithful they were in the place God put them. Every believer should have as an ultimate goal to hear the Master’s words, “Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!” (Matthew 25:21). Notice that Jesus
combines goodness and faithfulness.
Sometimes the greatest test of our faithfulness is how much time we spend reading the Scriptures, praying, and living in accord with the principles of righteousness when we have been blessed with prosperity (Billy Graham, The Holy Spirit, 204).
Are we faithful to our testimony, commitments, calling, and commands of Christ. The ultimate reward for faithfulness is a crown of life.
Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have tribulation for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).
Faithfulness is the mark of courage and the overcomer. Therefore, the cowardly, the unbelieving will be thrown into the lake of fire and have not part in the new creation (Revelation 21:1-8).