Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
When we think about having faith in the things unseen, we are convicted to trust that God is working in ways that we cannot see. While that is absolutely true, we often forget that faith is also walking out convictions in our unseen moments.
Being faithful in the secret place is no easy task. In a culture where our private life is easily displayed to the public through social media and serving within the church, we can be tempted to carry a life for the eyes of man. Jesus says to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; but sometimes we give our all only when we see immediate rewards or get recognition from our leaders and peers. We attach conditions like: “when I become more mature,” “when I become a leader,” “when God gives me a supernatural sign to obey.”
This conditional faithfulness is like an athlete who says, “Y’know, I’ll just take it easy at the gym for now, and start really training once I qualify to go pro.” With that kind nonchalance, his athletic career would be quite short lived. Every athlete undergoes dismal beginnings and only rises to excellence because of perseverance even in the not-so-glorious days. Likewise, it would be unproductive for us to think about faithfulness after we are trusted with much. It starts with the little.
WHY BE FAITHFUL?
At the end of the age, we will come face to face with God as our judge. In that moment, His evaluation of our lives will be the only judgment that stands. All our leaders, friends, and even disciples will not be able to vouch for our love for Jesus. When we embrace lives of faithfulness and hiddenness now, we become seasoned lovers who have lived purely for Christ alone. Faithfulness in our secret lives is a sure way to live for the eternal rewards we have in Him. (James 1:12)
HOW TO GROW FAITHFULNESS
Recognize the Father’s gaze:
Although we are highly accustomed to live for the eyes of man, once we lock into the truth that the Father always sees us, it becomes easier to be faithful with the little. Jesus sees the way you were slow to anger with your family, just as He sees the way you led that prayer meeting. He sees how daily fight the battles in your mind, just as he sees you serving in church. When we realize that He NEVER misses even the smallest acts of love, we begin to find joy and perseverance in the unseen. (Matthew 25:34-36)
Know the Father’s Heart:
When we realize that God is always watching, we can shrink in fear, thinking: “OMG He knows all my secret sins.” Yes, that is true, but He always knew our secret sins, yet still died for us. Rather than thinking that God is watching to catch us red handed, we must understand that the Father is scanning the earth to reward acts of faithfulness. He’s watching—hoping that you’d choose Love even when it’s hard. (Ezekiel 22:30)
I firmly believe God’s heart is so moved when we give Him our trust, especially in the hidden moments of our life. I imagine that every yes in my heart, every small victory is celebrated by the saints around the throne—not because it was so magnificent, but because it just delights my Father that much. (Hebrews 12:1)