The Fruit of the Spirit is...Faithfulness

Warren Wiersbe shares the following story:

“It was a stormy night in Birmingham, England, and Hudson Taylor was to speak at a meeting at the Severn Street schoolroom. His hostess assured him that nobody would attend on such a stormy night, but Taylor insisted on going. ‘I must go even if there is no one but the doorkeeper.’ Less than a dozen people showed up, but the meeting was marked with unusual spiritual power. Half of those present either became missionaries or gave their children as missionaries; and the rest were faithful supporters of the China Inland Mission for years to come.”

What if Hudson Taylor had succumbed to human logic or “common sense”? Assured by God that an opportunity presented itself, Hudson Taylor pressed on to his speaking engagement despite the odds of anyone showing up. God rewarded him for his faithfulness.

According to the verse above, the Spirit cultivates the spiritual fruit of faithfulness in our lives. We must, first and foremost, demonstrate faithfulness to God. Perhaps more than ever the believer faces distractions on a level never before seen. With the pace of modern life accelerating rapidly before our eyes, our enemy seeks to distract us from our primary commitment to God. Some of these distractions may seem legitimate, such as work and family commitments. But no obligation comes before our relationship with God. So how can we cooperate with God in His work of faithfulness on our lives?

1. Be faithful in your daily devotions.
Nothing, I mean nothing, should rob us of this necessary discipline. Some people balk at that word “discipline,” but Paul told Timothy to “train yourself for godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7). The word “train” (ESV) or “gymnasticize,” a word denoting vigorous training and preparation for a contest. We need to make a daily appointment with God and prioritize it above all else.

2. Be faithful in your testimony before others.
The child of God will be called upon to faithfully represent the Savior Jesus Christ. He or she must not hesitate to do so. Peter cautioned us to be ready at all times “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). We must not shrink back from our faithfulness to God.

3. Be faithful to your commitments.
Sometimes well-intentioned Christians try to list their priorities in life, and I suppose those lists can be useful. But really anything that God has given us to oversee amounts to a commitment of faithfulness to Him. So if God gives us a family, we need to exercise a faithful oversight of that responsibility. If God blesses us with a job, we need to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23). Whatever we do, must be to God and for His glory.

When we consider how great a salvation God provided, we should not shrink back from a full commitment to walk faithfully every day of our lives. We will not perfectly succeed, but we need to sacrifice all and risk all to be faithful to the One who died and rose on our behalf.

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