3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,
“That you may be justified in your words,
and prevail when you are judged.”
I can think of several conversations I have had with folks who say, “I would like to believe in Jesus but the Christians I know are such hypocrites”. I am sure that there are people that know the ebb and flow of my life and my walk with Jesus that might point to me and question the validity of the message of God’s redemptive work based on hypocritical moments in my life. Sometimes it can be a challenge to explain that even though we have placed our faith in Jesus, the witness of our lives will not always look all that consistent, sinless, or non-hypocritical to others observing our walk. So how do we combat the fact that we are flawed messengers trying to deliver a unflawed message from a perfect God? I think today’s verses help us out.
In Romans 3:3-4, the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Rome reminds us that just because we are not always faithful in our commitment to God or in our execution of His commands it does not change the fact that God has chosen to be completely faithful to us. Just for context, the Apostle Paul is making this statement of God’s faithfulness in His relationship to the Jews. Essentially, he is telling us that if we have a relationship with God then no matter how poorly or inconsistently we act in that relationship God will remain faithful in His commitment to us. Paul helps us because he reminds us that then when share Jesus with others the focus is ultimately not about how the Christians will act post conversion but it is rather ultimately how God is faithful to those who are in relationship with Him.
The big take-away here is that although Christians are often inconsistent and faithless, God is always consistent and faithful. For those who are in relationship with God, consistency and faithfulness come in the form of grace, mercy, and salvation. For those outside of relationship with God, consistency and faithfulness comes in the form of justice, condemnation, and wrath. As witnesses and messengers of God’s consistency and faithfulness we must deflect from our own imperfections and point to God’s perfections and encourage the listener to find relationship with God through Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your consistency and your faithfulness. Thank you that even as we fumble through this life doing our best to represent you and your message you love us and continue to use us. Forgive us our sins and forgive us where we have been hypocritical and inconsistent. We look to you today to guide us. In Jesus name. Amen.