I Want That to Be Said of Me

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Each of our lives is marked by something. Psalm 1 teaches us that the righteous man is marked by meditation on God’s Word day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields much fruit in its season. If those closest to you, or if your friends who are not followers of Christ, were asked what marks your life, what would they say?

In a (seemingly) obscure verse in Nehemiah, we read of a testimony that each of us should want to mark our lives:

I gave command over Jerusalem to my brother Hanani and Hananiah the commander of the citadel. For he was a faithful man and feared God more than many. (Nehemiah 7:2)

David Platt’s comments on the value of being faithful to God and of fearing Him:

I read that description at the end of that verse, and my heart just says, “I want that to be true of me.” And I trust your heart says the same thing. “He was a faithful man and he feared God more than many.” I pray in my own life, I pray that for us today.

God, may that be said of me, of us. May it be said that we were faithful. That we were faithful to you, and we walked in faithfulness to you. That we followed you faithfully. May it be said that we were faithful in marriage. God may it be said I was a faithful husband. I pray that for other husbands who are listening to this. I pray for wives that are listening to this. May it be said that they are faithful wives.

That they would be faithful dads and moms. Faithful children. Faithful singles. Faithful to use and maximize singleness for the spread of the gospel. As we see in I Corinthians chapter seven. May it be said that we are faithful sons and daughters. So in our families, help us to be faithful. In our work, help us to be faithful, to do our work well, and wisely, in a way that honors you with integrity. Help us to be faithful church members.

Help us be faithful to the community of faith around us. May people look at us, say, “Yes, they’re faithful.” And may it be said that we feared you, oh God. That we had a fear of you. That we walked in humility before you. We were a humble men and women, children, that we had an awe of you that permeated everything we did. That we didn’t treat life lightly. Because we didn’t treat you lightly. And we knew all of life is for your glory.

So God we pray that it would be said that we feared you. And in all this, even by a world that doesn’t know you around us. May it be said of us that we were faithful. We were faithful to share the gospel. Even when it wasn’t popular. That we were faithful to live as salt and light in the world around us, in a way that brings glory to God. May it be said, it was obvious to people, even who didn’t believe in God, that we feared God.

God may this be the commentary of our life. I know that can only be true by your grace in my life. So I pray for your grace in my life today, for your grace in other’s lives today, to cause us. May it be said of us, oh God, that we were faithful.

This excerpt from David Platt is adapted from the Pray the Word podcast titled “Faithfulness and the Fear of God.” For more episodes of the Pray the Word podcast, go here.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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