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I Corinthians 4:2 states: “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”

No corporation or individual would entrust their fortunes to an unfaithful man. There is a reason that banks and lending agencies check credit scores before they borrow money to an individual. It is important that the individual is faithful in paying debt and staying current with bills. There is a reason that corporations check references before they hire an individual. It is important for them to know that what the individual has told them is true. A person may get upset if they do not receive a loan because their credit is bad, or if they are not hired for a job because they falsified the information, but the bottom line is this: unfaithful men ought not to be trusted. Faithful men ought to be followed.

To be faithful means to be firm in adherence to promises or in observance to duty. Most likely, when you think of the word faithful someone comes to mind. For some it may be a close friend, a parent or a coworker. For others it may be a soldier, a brother or a sister. We usually connect faithful and faithfulness to an individual. When I think of faithfulness I think of my pastor.

Twenty-seven years ago Jim Goodew became the pastor of Faith Baptist Church. Since the age of 3 I have had the opportunity of sitting under Pastor Goodew’s leadership! Although I was away from the area for four years of seminary training, I have been under his pastoral leadership for 20 years. It has been during these 20 years that I have been able to watch a Godly man lead Faith Baptist Church in the way God desired. As a young person I watched Pastor Goodew care for his family, love his wife and spend time with his children. As a young adult I experienced his unselfish love for others, especially for those of the household of faith. Whether it be through a hand written note, a bag of groceries or a check in the mail, he is always considering the needs of others above his own. As a young pastor I have observed him faithfully pray for others and for himself, I have observed him faithfully teach and preach the word of God and I have observed him faithfully worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Although there are many great qualities about my pastor, his faithfulness to his family, to his local church and to the word of God stands out above all others. Pastor Goodew’s faithfulness is a testament to me to faithfully love my family, serve others and follow the Bible in all matters of life.

Are you a faithful person? Do others count on you? Can you be trusted? Will you commit to faithfully care for your family, love others and obey God’s Word? God has made himself clear in I Corinthians 4:2 — “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”