Churches: fidelity one of the family graces of Christian life

Rev Arthur Clarke of the Presbyterian Church

A young Mississippi lawyer, taking time off at a busy law firm, has written a novel about corporate gangsters.

He titled it simply “The Firm” and submitted it to 28 different publishers before 19 accepted it. And so, American bestselling author John Grisham continued.

In 1954, Jimmy Denney, manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, fired a youngster named Elvis Presley with this memorable quote: “You’re not going anywhere, son!” You should start driving trucks again.” Elvis kept his guitar and the rest you know!

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St Paul worked hard to establish the Church of Christ in Corinth. The Corinthian community was a factional group of troublemakers. They doubted Paul’s apostolic authenticity and loudly praised other leaders. The temptation to abandon them to their quarrel must certainly have been strong for Paul. What drove him forward? “Therefore, since by the mercy of God we have received this ministry, we do not lose heart,” he said.

Fidelity is one of the family graces of Christian life. The temptation to seek a quick fix and collect stories of victorious events, then declare them to all who will listen, has a strong appeal to some servants of Christ. Faithfulness makes no difference between small and large duties. Indeed, it is a reality in God’s economy that only those who diligently attend to trivial tasks are lifted up in God’s time. Fidelity is our business, fruitfulness is a matter that we must be content to leave to God.

There is a verse in the Old Testament prophecy of Ezekiel that is very sad to read. On behalf of God, this faithful exiled servant declared: “I sought among them a man who would build the wall before me in the name of the land. But I couldn’t find any.”

Faithful servants are always in demand.

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