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What Will Come of Your Faithfulness? 

November 15, 2019

When you fight temptation, you might ask yourself: Does it really matter? Two things here–one you can guess, the other you cannot imagine. 

The Part You Can Guess 

The part you can guess is that faithfulness will not be easyJoseph must have known that his faithfulness would be costlyIt was not beyond him to foresee what Potiphar’s wife would do with the robe 

And sure enough, the immediate outcome of Joseph’s faithfulness to God in pursuing the path of purity was that it landed him in prison. 

To those who are single:  

If you choose the path of purity before marriage, you will not find it easySome people will wonder what’s wrong with youYou may lose the affection of someone who wanted what you were not ready to give.  

And you find yourself experiencing what Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24) 

To those who are married:  

If, for the sake of Christ, you choose the path of faithfulness in a marriage to an ungrateful or an unresponsive spouse, it will not be easyThere may be times when you find yourself thinking your life could be very differentThat part you can guess. 

The Part You Cannot Imagine 

But there’s something else here–another part that you cannot imagine, and that is the good that God will bring from your faithfulnessThink about this and follow the chain of connection: 

It was through the faithfulness of Joseph that he ended up in prisonYes, but it was through being in prison that he met Pharaoh’s cupbearerIt was through the cupbearer that Joseph was introduced to PharaohAnd it was through Pharaoh that he became the wise prime minister who provided food for his people. 

It was through the food he supplied that the life of Judah and the other brothers were saved in a time of famineAnd it was through the line of Judah that Jesus Christ was born into the world. 

It is through Jesus Christ that a great company of people will be gathered forever with great joy in the presence of Almighty God. 

Joseph could not possibly have imagined the chain of connections and the good that God would bringIt was beyond anything that he could have imagined there in Potiphar’s house. 

Your Fight Matters

So here you are trying to find the strength, the motivation, and the energy to stand strong against temptation when it is at its most intenseWhat will be the effect of your standing strong and being faithful on your son, your daughter, your friend, or your colleagueWhat will be the good of it for your future husband or wifeHow will God weave this strand of your faithfulness into the tapestry of His gracious work in the lives of others? 

You throw a stone into a lake when the water is completely still, and it looks like a piece of glassOne stone produces a ripple, a series of rings, and you can hardly believe how far they goThat’s how it will be with your faithfulness. 

One of The Joys of Heaven 

One of the joys of heaven will be to see the fruit that comes from the especially intense battles that you have fought with temptation in your lifeTo have Christ say to you: 

“Remember the time you fought a battle with temptation in that hotel? You said, I am the Lord’s servantHow can I do this wicked thing and sin against God?’ By God’s grace you prevailedWhat you didn’t know was that if you’d given in, a whole different series of events would have transpiredBut you stood strong, and now I want you to see what came of it.” 

You say, “I find all of this very difficult to imagine.” Don’t you think Joseph would have said the same thing? 

Why Jesus Came 

Jesus came to bring forgiveness for our past sins and power to face our future temptationsWe need bothI hope that many of us will be moved make new commitments to purity todayWe need the strength of Jesus to be faithfulSome of us may feel swamped by a sense of our own past failure. 

We need the grace of Jesus to bring us forgiveness and cleansingThe Bible says Jesus was tempted “in every respect… as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). 

Then our Jesus goes to the cross, and why is He on the crossHe bears the guilt and the shame of our sins, of every kind, including sexual sins of the mind and of the bodyJesus bore our sins in his body on the treeHe carried them into His death, and He buried them there, as far as His people are concerned. 

Then Jesus rose from the dead in the power of a new and endless lifeOur living Savior, holds out His arms and invites us to come to Him, whatever we have done, whatever our sense of guilt and shame, in faith and in repentanceHe is ready to forgive youHe is able to help you! 

Jesus came to bring forgiveness for your past sins, and he came to bring power to face your future temptationsThat is who He isThat is why He is the SaviorAnd that is why there is hope for every person in Him. 

Photo Credit: Unsplash

This article was adapted from Pastor Colin’s sermon, “Tempted and Faithful,” from his series Snapshots of a Godly Life, Part 1.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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