West Cobb Magazine

Spiritual – Marlon Longacre – August

FAITHFULNESS by Marlon Longacre

“If we are faithless he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Tim 2:13 9NIV)

Faithfulness is not a quality that is valued in our society today.   That is why it is so hard to find faithful people. People, who can be counted on, people who are consistent and dependable.  Before my father passed away my parents had been married for 36 years.  Both my parents retired after working 30 years for the same employer.  My father retired from International Harvester and my mother retired from the United State Post Office.   My mother is still a member of Mt. Holly United Methodist Church where they met and were married.  My parent’s faithfulness to the Lord, to each other, to their family, to their work and community was a shining example to me.

The world may not value faithfulness but God does.  The issue that God judges more than anything else in the life of a believer is faithfulness. The bible says that we will be rewarded in heaven according to our faithfulness.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things ; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness.” Matt 25:21 (NIV)

The rewards that verse offers give me a goal, a focus, a destination for my ministry.  I have never claimed to be the greatest speaker, servant or scholar.  I just want to be faithful to the calling that God has on my life and to be a faithful steward for all of the blessings that he has given me.  I want to be faithful like Noah and Paul.  I love their faithfulness in these two verses.

“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.  Gen. 6:22 (NIV)

“I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.  Acts 26:19 (NIV)

The first recorded words from Jesus in scripture were “I must be about my father’s business.” Jesus last words on the cross were “It is finished.”

 Living in a world where being faithful is not rewarded and trying to remain faithful everyday to your marriage, your kids, your job, and God’s plan for your life seems like climbing one hill after another, we need to remember that the church was created to give you support and encouragement to keep climbing.  My prayer is that you will find a local church that will support you and help you stay committed and faithful to the things that matter most.

Marlon 3About the Author: Marlon Longacre has served as Pastor of Community Development for NorthStar Church since January 1999. Marlon’s primary responsibility is to make sure that NorthStar is the first call for help from anyone in the community. Marlon has served as President of the Acworth and Kennesaw Business Associations and is an active member of the North Cobb Rotary Club.  Additionally, Marlon was honored as the 1999 Cobb County Mentor of the Year, as well as 2000 Acworth Citizen of the Year. He has served as Chairman of the Big Shanty Festival twice, and has been the Chairman of the Love the Lake Concert Series for three years.

Marlon’s passions: “Serving the community – reminding people what a great God we serve, and what a great community we live in.”

He can be reached at marlon.longacre@northstarchurch.org .

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