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by Kathleen Whitten


I woke up this morning thinking about the word faithful. There have been many faithful people in my life.


Faithful people aren’t necessarily the ones who shine. And they aren’t necessarily the ones with whom I always agree. The faithful people in my life are the ones who loved me and stuck around no matter what.

Faithfulness brings to mind my parents. My parents were there to take care of me as an infant. My parents were there when I went through each school up and down. My parents were there at my wedding, the birth of my child, the adoption of our other child, and all my many joys and even a few traumas.

My parents were not always the most popular people with me—especially as a teenager. Others seemed more in line with my personality. Others seemed more right. Others even seemed more important.


But Others did not always turn out to be faithful. And to this day as Others have come and gone—my parents are still there.


Stop a moment and reflect on the faithful people in your life. Have you ever slowed down to appreciate them? Have you ever thanked them?

- Not because they are perfect

- Not because they are always right

- But because they are faithful.


Faithfulness brings to mind the quiet people who love and serve God. They aren’t necessarily the spot-light people. They aren’t necessarily the people who shine brightly, but they are the people who show up.

A lot of Christians are like Halley’s Comet, appearing once every 76 years, and everyone makes a big deal because the appearance is flashy and important.

But faithful Christians are like the night stars, consistently showing up every night, easily ignored, unless you purpose yourself to notice and appreciate their beauty.


The mainstay of God is His faithful people... God’s faithful people are the ones who pray years before anything happens, minister to the sick, spend hours alone with the Father in order to teach His Word to others, change diapers in the nursery (yuk), work in the soup kitchen, help clean up after everyone else has gone, aid the lonely and poor, build shelter for the homeless, and do all they can to glorify God and help others.


Faithfulness is so important to God. In the end God will not say: “Well done good and exciting servant,” or “Well done good-looking servant,” or “Well done good and popular servant.” He will say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”


Faithful in the New Testament is the Greek word pistov pistos {pis-tos'} meaning trusty, believing and one who is worthy of trust.

Faithful in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word Nma 'aman {aw-man'} meaning to support, confirm, and be faithful. This Hebrew word is where we get our word, amen which means verily, truly, so be it.

The word amen is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew language into the Greek language of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is why it is practically a universal word.


Amen has been called the most recognized and most familiar word in human speech. And amen is directly related, in fact, almost identical to the Hebrew word for believe (amam), or faithful. Thus, it came to mean sure or truly, an expression of absolute trust and confidence.” (Strongs Hebrew and Greek Concordance)


Amen can be used at the beginning of a statement or at the end. When amen is used at the beginning of a statement it means surely, verily, or truly. When we use amen at the end of a statement or prayer it means so be it or may it be fulfilled.

Who is the beginning and the end?

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.

Jesus is Faithful.

Whether you knew it or not, Jesus was there at the beginning of your life. He is with you now, and He will remain with you forever.


When all others disappoint you or even walk out on you, Jesus will remain. Jesus is the most faithful.


Dear God, Please teach me to be faithful in the things You have given me to do. Please forgive me for the times I have not been faithful or have complained.


Please show me the people in my life who I need to pray for faithfully. I know I cannot pray for everyone, so I am relying on You to let me know each day. Please show me the people who I am to visit and the ministries I am to be faithful to help. I want to be counted as one of your faithful.


Lord, please show me ways I can demonstrate faithfulness to my family so that younger generations will be faithful as well.


God, I am also asking You to open my eyes to the faithful people around me. I have taken it for granted that they will always be there. Please reveal ways for me to express my sincere appreciation to them.


Jesus, please bless the faithful people who may never be thanked by anyone on this earth: those who care for the elderly, the mentally challenged, or anyone in difficult and challenging situations who remain faithful to You and Your Word.


I pray especially for missionaries who are persecuted and imprisoned for faithfully serving You in an area which is hostile to Your Word. God, please protect and deliver Your people. Thank You for Your promise to reward them, because You are faithful. And thank You Lord that You will have the last word, for You are the “Amen.”



Proverbs 20:6 “Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?”


Matthew 25:23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”


Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”


Revelation 17:14 “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings - and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”


Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”


Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”


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