The Good and Faithful Son

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. (Hebrews 3: 5-6 NIV)

As I was watching the Oscars this week, I thought, “It’s a good thing there are no Academy Awards for the roles we play in life. Otherwise, I think I would be nominated for best supporting actor, for my role as supportive son.” Recently, I told our church family that during this time of transition with my mom, I’ve received at least a half-dozen messages of encouragement. “You’re a good son,” one person wrote. “You’re such a faithful son,” another affirmed. “I don’t know if anyone has told you this,” a relative texted, “but you are a really good son to your momma.” Each of these well-meaning friends and family members, like many, who see me in my role as pastor, see the same “church face,” as I emerge from my figurative backstage to play the role of good and faithful son.

The truth is, I’m not a good and faithful son, not always, anyway. I try to play the part, but during the last few weeks, last few years, I’ve realized how woefully short of good I am. My patience ebbs and flows. I get frustrated. I desire, at times, to call it quits. I don’t of course, because although I often come up short in the good and faithful department, I have disciplined myself to be obedient. I guess I’m an obedient son, partly because of my Christian faith and partly because my obedience is the very minimum my mother deserves. My obedience is the very minimum my Lord expects.

In the book of Hebrews, the writer explains to the predominantly Jewish readers at the time that there is a good and faithful Son, who stands above even their main man Moses, the gold standard for faithfulness. Hebrews 3: 5-6 notes, “Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”

Wow! How powerfully affirming to know that those of us who are a far cry from good and faithful are faithfully watched over, as Jesus, both Servant and Son, watches over His Father’s most prized possessions, us. My prayer and encouragement, thus, for all of us is that despite our imperfections, despite our lack of patience, despite our frustration, and despite our desire, at times, to throw in the towel, that we hold on tight, confident, courageous, and hopeful, that our obedience and trust as God’s household will carry us through this life and the next, as we approach Almighty God through His good and faithful Son.

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