“The fruit of the Spirit is . . .faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22)
Many times we are told that we need to rely on God more. We actually do need to rely on God more and more; these are true and wise words. But can God rely on us? The Holy Spirit produces in us the fruit of the Spirit, and one such fruit is faithfulness.
Let’s consider a class of people that God often turned to when He needed faithful servants: His faithful prophets. When God needed to speak a word to backslidden David, He turned to Nathan, a faithful prophet (2 Samuel 12:1-15). Though Nathan was King David’s friend, he faithfully delivered God’s Word to David, words that David could not possibly have enjoyed. Consider next when God needed to speak a word to wayward Israel. He chose Elijah the prophet, who withstood a violent and unstable king, hundreds of false prophets, and a nation sinking deeper into sin. But Elijah delivered up the word of the Lord (see the Book of 1 Kings). In a sense, God relied on these faithful prophets. The list could go on and on.
Can God rely on us? God does not ordinarily turn to faithless, inconsistent servants when He wants to do a great work. Instead He looks to His faithful servants, like Daniel, Joseph or Elisha. The fruit of the Spirit is “faithfulness.” Can God depend on us to be faithful to our callings, to stick to our ministries and not drop out for the flimsiest of reasons? Can He depend on us to uphold His Word when everyone around us compromises, and plays loose with God’s words? The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
We need to ask ourselves whether or not we fit that bill. In fact, do we even the desire to be faithful? It seems we want a one-way street: We expect to always rely on God, but can God rely on us? God has placed us all in His glorious body, the church. He has called us to serve and to fulfill duties that He has asked us to perform. We praise God and expect Him to keep His promises, but do we keep ours? The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
We all need to ponder our relationship with God and ask, “Are we faithful?” Are we the kind of Christian that God turns to when He wants something done? Do we flee at the first sight of trouble or inconvenience? Have we forgotten about God’s faithfulness to us in keeping all His promises, especially the promise of eternal life? The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
Let us pray. “Lord grant us a faithful heart that responds to your Word, that mans our posts, that responds to Your call, and that says “yes” to You. Create in us a spirit of perseverance and steadfastness and deliver us from all of our excuses. Lord, grant us a spirit of faithfulness, because You have been so faithful to us. Amen.”
The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
Posted on Wed, August 26, 2015
by Sam Petitfils