It is indeed a compliment to be called dependable. That means you can be trusted, you can be relied up on and you can be counted on. (1) Dependability is a trait admired by all. Even in inanimate things you appreciate this characteristic. A car that always starts and runs and gets you where you want to go is highly regarded. An alarm clock that always rings at the time you set it is cherished. And if we like this trait in things, how much more do we appreciate it in people. we like to deal with people who will do what they say and when they say they will do it.
(2) Dependability is not only admired, but for the Chrisitan, it is required. All of us are stewards in some manner in the kindom and Paul wrote "it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful: (1 Corinthians 4:2). The writer of Proverbs compared the unfaithful man to a "broken tooth, and a foot out of joint: (Proverbs 25:19). You can't bite on one and can't walk on the other.
The Christian should be dependable in every area of life, whether in word or in deed (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5). It is dependable people that makes the church run; dependable song leaders and teachers who, week in and week out, fulfill their obligations; reliable men and women whom you can depend upon to serve the needy, and faithful elders who will oversee the work of the church. Be dependable.
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