God’s Word has much to say about faithfulness. I am privileged to have faithful friends and to serve the Lord in the company of faithful men. A week ago I preached at Southwest Harvest Church in Duncanville, Texas, where Sonny Conatser serves as senior pastor. Yesterday I preached at Lakeshore Church in Rockwall, Texas, where Brad Howard is senior pastor. These are faithful friends, faithful men.
Here are some common traits of these two men: Each has served the same congregation for decades. Both Pastor Sonny and Pastor Brad have been unswervingly faithful to Jesus, to their wives, and to their pastoral calling. Both have built Great Commission churches, impacting their communities and the world with the gospel. It’s men like these who motivate me to be “my utmost for His highest.” I’m grateful for many faithful men of God like these whose friendship and comradeship in ministry I cherish.
We hear about the failures of preachers who are derelict in their stewardship. But, thank God, there are far more who are true to their trust. These are the qualities of redeemed character that are impressive to God. Jesus spoke affirmatively of “good and faithful servants” and assured them of rewards for their faithfulness (Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 19:17).
For every pastor reading this, be challenged and encouraged: “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as the Lord would have you; not for shameful gain but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:2-4, ESV).
Whatever and wherever our calling may be, drawing on God’s grace and His Spirit’s power, let’s be good and faithful servants of Jesus Christ.
“When Jesus comes to reward His servants,
Whether it be noon or night,
Faithful to Him will He find us watching,
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?
“Have we been true to the trust He left us,
Do we seek to do our best?
If in our hearts there is naught condemns us,
We shall have a glorious rest.”
– Fanny Crosby