Since I was first called to ministry, one thing I knew I could do from the start was to be faithful.

For starters, I really didn’t know how to preach.  Public speaking was not on my radar in high school.  The Bible and “theology” were a bit foreign to me.  I really only knew of the Bible stories I learned in Sunday school as a child.  Secondly, I didn’t come from a ministry background or a distinct pedigree of preachers.  Thirdly, I didn’t know how “church” really worked when it came to strategy.  Lastly, leadership and its laws were new to me.  Simply put – I was a novice. 

Yet, what I lacked in EXPERIENCE, I tried my best to make up for it by EXAMPLE.  Don’t feel bad if you don’t have it down when it comes to your calling or ministry.  One thing we can all do is to just be faithful. 

Here are 6 Things I have Learned:

1.  There are doors of opportunity that only years of FAITHFULNESS can open.  While looking towards your NEXT, make sure you take care of your NOW.  God has you where you are for preparation and purpose.  Let it be said of you - “for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many” - Nehemiah 7:2.

2.  FAITHFULNESS is favorable.  In other words, just keep showing up.  Be willing to go through the process.  Let your record be one that is saturated with consistency and faithfulness.

3.  FAITHFULNESS can be challenging.  Yes, it is true.  Writing about faithfulness is easy.  Teaching on this topic isn’t that difficult either.  The challenge:  actually living it out.  Faithfulness is a spiritual discipline.  Your personal ambitions?  Challenged.  Your ego and flesh?  Yup, that too.  Remember, Heaven is not looking for one to be found glamorous, but for one to be found faithful.

4.  A fruit of the Spirit is FAITHFULNESS.  See Galatians 5:22.  When someone is not being faithful, it could be that they are not spending enough time with Jesus.  Faithfulness is a by-product of our personal relationship with Him.

5.  FAITHFULNESS builds trust.  2 Kings 22:7 states, “However there need to be no accounting made with them of the money delivered into their hand, because they deal faithfully.”  What trust King Josiah placed into his appointed people!  Let your faithfulness be your credit.  Joseph was entrusted with the whole house and empire of Pharaoh.  You can be trusted more when you show continued faithfulness.

6.  UNFAITHFULNESS can destroy you.  We have seen this happen time and time again.  King Saul was recorded as dying for “his unfaithfulness” to the Lord.  Remain faithful.  This is a very long race. 

- Pastor Abram Gomez

Abram Gomez is the Executive Pastor at Valley International Christian Center in San Benito, TX. He serves under the leadership of Bishop Jaime Loya and helps in leading the 2000 member congregation.   Abram is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Church Ministries.  Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.  Abram has served in various roles such a Church Planting, Life Groups Director, Youth Pastor, and Administrator to name a few.  He is also a contributing writer to Valley Christian Magazine, which reaches out to the entire region of the Rio Grande Valley.  He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Harlingen along with their daughter Isabella.

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