22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
The seventh attribute of the fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
The Greek word for faithfulness is pistis which means “enduring, holding fast and without wavering”. There is a huge difference between knowing God is faithful and personally experiencing God’s faithfulness for yourself. When we say that God is faithful, what we actually mean is that God will do what is right and good for us in His sight. In other words, God is consistent with His purposes in our lives.
When we don’t have all the answers to our challenges or if situations do not meet our expectations, this can cause us to jump to wrong conclusions and make a poor judgement. Believing in God’s faithfulness however, gives you the rest He promised. No matter where life takes you, God knows how to navigate you through all the twists and turns. He knows how to take you where He wants you to be. It is like Jesus bringing the disciples through the storm safely to shore on the other side. Instead of ditching them, our Lord stepped into the boat and immediately they reached the shore (John 6:21).
Just as God is faithful to us, our response is to stay faithful to God.
In Hebrew 11, we see a list of faithful men and women of the Old Testament who trusted God because they walked with God. In the same way, as you walk with the Spirit, He will increase your capacity for faith and faithfulness. You cannot be faithful without faith and you cannot have faith without faithfulness. Stay rooted and grounded in Christ for it gives you a perfect platform to grow your faith. As such, faith is not a work but a rest. Look to God as your supply especially when you receive from God something over and above your power to produce.
Faith in God produces faithfulness to God.
The Apostle James aptly pointed out: “faith without [faithful] works is dead” (James 2:26). Faith spurs you to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit to use the gifts He has given you to serve God for the good of your church and community. While it can be challenging at times, you will bear fruit that pleases and glorifies God.
How has the Holy Spirit recently helped me to live out my faith and stay faithful to what God has called me to do?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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