Faithfulness is one of the 26 character traits that I review and study for a week twice a year, and examine my life by. Of the 26 this particular trait is possibly the most important for general success in life. General success is what I would call being successful at work, in our marriage, raising our kids, in our finances, in our friendships, and in the ministries that we would do in our church. Faithful people have this inner compulsion to keep their promises, especially the little ones that don’t appear important. Faithful people would rather take a beating than quit anything. Quitting just goes against the very fiber of their being, even if it appears pragmatic to do so. Faithful people do the responsible thing even if no one is looking or will ever know, because it is the right thing to do. Faithful people get a special sense of satisfaction in finishing a race even if they are the last ones over the finish line. Faithful people give security to those in their sphere of influence. Faithful people are the ones who will read their Bible every day for years and years though it would be easy to skip a day occasionally.
How do I become more faithful as a person? How do I become more faithful in my inner character? A key way is to recognize how much God values it in us, and how much He rewards faithfulness. The Bible is full of promises and rewards in regards to faithfulness. If you do a simple word search on your Bible program on your computer, or smart phone, and then look up the references you will find the motivation to pursue faithfulness in almost every reference you find and read. Memorizing some of the more emphatic verses made in the Bible about faithfulness is a very effective way to grow in this character trait. One of mine is Matthew 25:21 where Jesus says, “well done good and faithful serpent, you have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things”. That motivates me.