• Jen Ayling

Dependable | Imitate Series

Updated: Nov 22, 2018

A dependable person is highly sought because this character trait is one that is extremely appreciated and admired.

To be dependable is to be one who is trustworthy and reliable. Whatever he says he will do, he makes sure that he does it. There is no room for complacency and not following through isn’t an option.

To the best of his ability, the dependable person will strive to be a man of his word in all his conduct.

1 Corinthians 4:2

Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

A large reason that he is so reliable is because he is very careful about what he commits to doing – he isn’t flippant or flimsy with his choices, but practices godly wisdom, always striving to make right decisions so that the things he does commit to, he will be sure to do. And just as importantly, the things he chooses to say no to, he hasn’t taken the decision lightly and therefore no amount of pushing will move him – he will not be swayed otherwise. This kind of steadfastness is extremely beneficial in times of great apostasy because the man who is strong in his faith will not falter or fall for lies and deceit. He knows his position and stands in it.

Unfortunately, trust is scarcely seen because self-preservation takes precedence due to the egotistical nature of human beings. To be one who is trustworthy, is to be one who is willing to sacrifice their own time and resources in order to follow through on what they’ve committed.

1 John 2:5-6

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

When you keep your word, it shows the love of God that lies within your spirit.

A genuine follower of Christ will have Jesus abiding in him, therefore he will walk in the same way in which He walked.

Colossians 1:10

…so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…

As we walk in this manner that pleases the Lord, we will bear good fruit and increase in the knowledge of God. What a beautiful promise this is.

Dependability arises when selflessness abounds.

It’s our obligation to ensure that we continue to stay on the godly path of which we know leads to the way of life, so that we will not be tossed to and fro by wrong doctrines (Ephesians 4:14), most of which encourage the hearer to become self-serving instead of God-serving (Philippians 3:18-19).

2 Timothy 3:14

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them…

There are countless examples of great Bible characters who were faced with a moment of truth – where they could choose to deny their godly responsibility and discharge themselves of their duty in order to protect their own skins, or choose to take hold of what they know to be the truth … and not only know it, but stand steadfastly in it, being a light to those around them in a time of deep darkness. Some such people are: Abraham, King David, Esther, Mordechai, Noah and Paul to name just a few.

Why is dependability so important? Think about it this way: If we weren’t able to know God as being the ultimate One we can depend on, then all would be lost. We rely on being able to believe God at His Word, and how thankful our hearts are that He never breaks His promises.

Psalm 12:6

The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace, like gold purified sevenfold.

1 Kings 8:56

Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.

God is true to His Word – He always does what He says He’s going to do (Isaiah 38:7).

Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

A person is only as good as his/her word … so to stand by your word is of highest importance.

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Another great aspect of a dependable person is that he will not entertain slander or gossip. He is trustworthy in his loyalty to God first, then also to others so he will not take part in hearing or speaking gossip.

Proverbs 11:13

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

In fact, the dependable person will defuse the fiery pit of worthless chatter and tattle tales. He can be trusted to hold onto secrets, never spreading confidential information; albeit true or false, good or bad. He is honourable to God and lives a life of holiness, partaking only in that which is good for the spirit – words that uplift and edify one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Ephesians 4:29

Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

May we ask the Lord to help us to grow in this area of dependability, being one who is reliable and trustworthy, conducting a life that is worthy of the gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 1:27

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel…

-- By Jenny Ayling


This article was written to form part of the series, 'Imitate'. Containing 45 sessions, this thorough series intends to reveal the characteristics found in a disciple of Jesus. The original article, 'Imitate', would be the best place to begin your journey in discovering the qualities of a follower of the Messiah of Israel.