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Faithfully Committed?

Continuing with the concept of the Fruits of the Spirit – I’ve been thinking about faithfulness.

Galatians 5:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

This verse was taken from http://www.Biblegateway.com; when I was covering patience I noticed something interesting. Patience and faithfulness seemed to always be shown hand in hand. What I mean was verses who talking about us being patient to others always mentioned faithfulness as well. I mean we all know that they are both fruits of the spirit but when you hear the term “faithful” do you think of faithfulness like God, aka – being committed and following through, or just having faith?

I always interpreted it to mean being full of faith but after looking at verses that pertain to Obedience and patience – I’m beginning to think they don’t mean just full of faith. It seems like this is a term that contains double meanings.

Whenever the Bible refers to faithfulness whether its in terms of the Fruit of the Spirit that believers are supposed to show or it’s referring to God’s promises – it talks about just that. Being someone of your word. Being faithful to your promises to other and to God.

This made me think of two applications in life that pertain to this in our culture.

1) Being committed to God. I’m not sure about you but having faithfulness to follow through on a commitment to God is difficult. Committing to daily being in the Word or Praying regularly can be very tough. Please don’t misunderstand me, I know life gets crazy (Heck I’m studying to be an RN, working as a Nanny, have a full-time ministry as a Wife and volunteer with two different organizations – I understand crazy, busy). What I am saying is we are to be fully committed to God and faithful to him. Sometimes this is clear and easy, sometimes it needs more faithfulness (commitment) and prayer.

 

2) Being a “Man of Our Word”. Lets face facts – We are to be Salt of the Earth, A Light on a Hill. God doesn’t want us to simply accept the salvation he offers and then continue on with the way we were living – we aren’t to be “Weekend Christians”. When you accept Christ as your savior – you are committing to a full-time ministry and a way of life. When you commit to something – stick it out. We live in a world of instant gratification, where if something doesn’t seem like it’s good enough for us – we quit and move on. The prime example that comes to my mind is marriage. Don’t marry someone lightly, Don’t divorce lightly. Both come with high prices and both are strong, solid, and occasionally unforgiving commitments. Another example is work. When you take a job as a christian – not only are you representing yourself but Christ and other Christians. Be faithful to give 100% and to show up on time with a patient and loving heart. Nothing is harder to come behind another “christian” and try to pick up the pieces showing that not everyone is the same.

As the new year begins – I challenge all Christians who have accepted Salvation to live it out. Give God one month of solid faithfulness (praying and reading the Word, or doing a Bible Study) and watch how it changes your life.

If you are having trouble coming up with some studies – I can the few below:

1.Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
by Priscilla Shirer

2.The Armor of God
by Priscilla Shirer

3.Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
by Beth Moore

4.Living Beyond Yourself – Bible Study Book: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit
by Beth Moore

5.Children of the Day – Bible Study Book: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
by Beth Moore

Both of these women are respectable, classy, and faithfully committed to God. Their studies have helped me many times over and I would highly recommend them to anyone that is struggling with simply reading and understanding the Bible. Joyce Meyers is my other favorite and you can hear them all speak on Itunes podcasts or youtube.com.

On a final note – take time to think about faithfulness and what it means. Pray and seek God’s wisdom as you look to pursue having this spiritual fruit in your life. Drop me a comment if you would like me to pray for you. God Bless.