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Let Faithfulness Be Enough

LET FAITHFULNESS BE ENOUGH

You didn’t call me to be successful,

You called me to be faithful.

Keep me from the treadmill of performance.

Let faithfulness be enough.

 

You didn’t call me to be known,

You called me to know You.

Keep me obedient to what I know.

Let faithfulness be enough.

 

You didn’t call me to have men follow me,

You called me to follow you.

Keep me imitating Your faithfulness.

Let faithfulness be enough.

 

You didn’t call me to save others,

You called me to be a witness.

Keep me available.

Let faithfulness be enough.

 

You didn’t call me to receive glory,

You called me to give you glory.

Prove me to be faithful.

Let faithfulness be enough.

 

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

(1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV)

© Stephen C. Kilgore 1992

 

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

5 Comments on “Let Faithfulness Be Enough

  1. That is cool. What is the back-story with this poem? What was going on in your life in 92 that drove you to such profound words?

  2. There are two sides of the story. In the 1986 I was student chaplain in the oncology department at a hospital in Philadelphia. For six month, twice a week I met a Hispanic man with leukemia. As I shared the gospel over those six month it usually ended like this:

    Mr. Lopez “I believe anything the Bible say.”
    Me Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Do you believe that all have sinned?
    Mr. Lopez “yes”
    Me “Do you understand that you have sinned?”
    Mr. Lopez “no”
    Me “you have never sinned, lied, thought evil thoughts, etc.”
    Mr. Lopez “no”

    We did this for six months.
    A few days after he died, I was reading in 1 John 1
    “8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

    And thought, “If only I had seen those verses before. If only I had known God’s Word better. If only I . . .”

    Jumping ahead to 1992, I was on the staff of a church that was experiencing some struggles. There were four of us on the pastoral staff who would meet weekly to pray. The senior pastor was feeling well, less than appreciated.

    As a young pastor I had to determine or reexamine why I was in ministry. What was my motivation? What was it that I wanted to “get out of it?”

    As I was contemplated those two events in my journal, I wrote, “Let faithfulness be enough.”

    It’s a prayer I have to remember regularly.

  3. Interesting question.

    Since I wrote that poem and now have been in ministry longer, through a whole series of ups and down; times of great heart ache and times of wonderful “victories.”

    My prayer is still, “let faithfulness be enough” but to that I add, and “let me be fruitful for you”.

    I am responsible for being faithful. Only God can make me fruitful.

    But should I only be satisfied with faithfulness or should I long for fruitfulness also?

    Here is part of an unfinished poem in which I reflect on this–I’ll post the whole thing sometime.

    I must always be dependent
    I must always be surrendered
    For apart from the One to whom I
    must be faithful and for whom I
    want to be fruitful
    I can do nothing (John 15)

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