But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.Galatians 5:22-23
Welcome back to my Fruit of the Spirit series! Today we will be talking about faithfulness, which means we are in the final third of the fruits listed in Galatians 5. I have been enjoying this series so much and have learned a lot about what it means to be Spirit-led! If you are interested in the rest of the articles, you can find them here:
What is Faithfulness?
The word faithful is defined by Google as an adjective meaning “loyal, constant, and steadfast” or “true to the facts or the original.” To be faithful means you make up your mind one way or the other and then you stick to your conclusion.
When it comes to your faith in God and where your loyalties lie, you are in or you are out–cold or warm–with Him or against Him. His Word makes clear that He is not very fond of indecision (James 1:6-8, Revelation 3:15-16).
Choose You This Day
In order for us to be faithful, we must first decide who we are going to serve. We have to be intentional about this decision and understand what it means. There are basically two options: Christ, or Satan and the world.
“Then Elijah approached all the people and said, ‘How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him. But if Baal, follow him.’ But the people didn’t answer him a word.” (1 Kings 18:21).
“But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshipped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” (Joshua 24:15).
I have a wall-hanging from someone in our previous church above my closet that says, “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.”
What about you? Have you made your decision yet? If you fear you’ve made the wrong decision, it’s not too late. The King would be overjoyed to offer you a seat at His table even right now.
It’s a Daily Choice
Even for those of us who have decided for Christ, it’s a daily battle to remain faithful to Him. The enemy of our souls is powerful and deceptive, and will do anything in his power to keep a Christian from living like one. The devil’s goal is to turn us away from the Savior. Even if he can’t convince us to full-out serve him, he will do his best to keep us in the lukewarm, middle ground. Confusion seems to be one of his best war tactics.
We need to daily remind ourselves who it is we serve. If we serve Christ, the armor of God is available to us (Ephesians 6:11-17).
It is a good reminder that as Christians, we do not fight for victory. We fight from victory because Jesus Christ has already won the war!
What Does Faithfulness Look Like?
What exactly does it mean to be a faithful Christian? What can we do to prove to God that we are on His side?
Well, first of all, we don’t need to prove anything to God. He already knows our motives and sees our hearts’ desires. Our actions are not what saves us, and our faithfulness on any given day does not determine whether or not we are saved (Thank God for that!). However, as a Christian, we should desire to do our best for the King and to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him. He does require us to put in the work and effort in order to grow along the way.
Just as we have seen with the other fruits, faithfulness starts small and will grow over time. God does not call all of us to the front lines to lay down our lives, but He does ask us to commit to other smaller things. If you’re questioning your devotion because He hasn’t entrusted you with a growing ministry or a substantial following, don’t fret! Simply look around wherever you are and start there. As God has been trying to teach me, there isn’t anything wrong with humble beginnings.
“Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own? No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.” (Luke 16:10-13).
Faithfulness finds its roots in the small things. Whether it means spending time in God’s Word by ourselves day after day, praying for our friends, or even writing things that very few people will ever read, we can choose to be faithful in everything we do. We will reap what we sow if we do not give up.
God is Faithful in Temptation
God will not protect us from all harm or all temptation. It’s a fact of life: we live in a broken world and we will all experience the consequences of sin. But He does promise to be faithful to us in the trials and temptations. He will not leave us alone.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape that you are able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, emphasis mine).
He is Faithful Forever
I am not going to attempt to answer the question of whether or not someone can lose their salvation, but I will say this: even when we are unfaithful, God is faithful. Even if we walk away, God will pursue us. If our sin nature causes us to stray away–long term or short term–His arms will still be open, ready to welcome us back whenever we humble ourselves and return with a repentant heart. Because, let’s be honest–as the popular hymn says:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
(~Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing)
The Good Shepherd will continue to beckon us home into the folds of God. He will remain faithful in His promise of salvation for those who confess and believe.
Why Should We Bear the Fruit of Faithfulness?
Because our God is faithful, we should strive to be faithful: in our work, relationships, devotion to God, and anything else we have chosen to dedicate ourselves to. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit, so it is obvious that God desires His people to be faithful. If you find that your spirit is willing but your flesh is weak, ask Him for the strength to be faithful, for it is a prayer that He will surely be faithful to honor.
Let us start practicing faithfulness even in the seemingly small things this week!
Thank you so much for reading this week’s post, and I hope you are looking forward to the next fruit of gentleness as we continue the series! I will see y’all then.