Lesson 8: The fruit of the spirit is Faithfulness
The most significant highlight of Christianity lies in the fact, that Christians are led by a wonderful and loving God Jesus Christ. Christians are blessed with the word of God (The Bible) which is filled with stories, instructions and guidelines as to how should one live their lives. This blessing of clear guidance and leadership though is a wonderful blessing to Christians; it seems to be a form of dictatorship for others who don’t believe in the true God. One of the main excuses given by people who don’t trust in the true loving God is that, God doesn’t know (or) at times doesn’t understand man’s situations.
As humans, we tend to forget that for everything God expects from us, He already has set an example and is still Himself a role model for us. Just like every other fruit of the spirit we have learnt thus far (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, and Goodness) God is the great model for this week’s fruit of the spirit – Faithfulness
Throughout the Bible right from the beginning, we can see God’s faithfulness towards mankind with the way He keeps His promises. Every time He promised to either bless (or) protect, God has been faithful in fulfilling His promises. It’s not just words that came out of His mouth; there were appropriate actions also that followed His words.
Faithfulness is not some kind of quality (or) characteristic that can stay dormant inside you. Faithfulness involves and REQUIRES ACTION. It is the exhibition of your faith. In the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews, there is a list of people who were very faithful to God. Their faith is commendable due to the extreme decisions and actions they took. Regardless of their circumstances, irrespective of the kind of environment they were in, in spite of the hardships they were going through, these men portrayed the true essence of faithfulness.
Some of the main challenges we face in regards to faithfulness in today’s world are:
a) Temporal Pleasures – Instant gratification of one’s desires
b) Compromises of values & beliefs – An attitude of ‘Nothing wrong if it is done once in a while’
c) Hypocrisy – one face for the world & the other face for yourself
I would like you to ask yourself the following questions to see where you stand in regards to you being faithful to God:
a) Dependability – Can God depend on you to fulfill His purpose of sharing the good news? (Throughout the last week, how many times have you talked to somebody about God’s love?)
b) Honesty – Can God trust you with His wealth (A lot or little) and that you would do everything in your might to make Him proud?
c) Integrity – Are you the same person that your church members know, when you are all by yourself? (How many times have you comprised your values in the last 1 week so you can be satisfied?)
d) Loyalty – Can God consider you as the one who will stand by Him in every plan that He has for the future and have assurance that you will fulfill His plans? (In the last 1 week, do you feel that you have stood by God’s side and made Him proud by just being there for God when needed as His representative in this sinful world?)
This world is definitely a tough place to live in…but God is asking us be faithful to Him and never get discouraged (or) give up hope on Him. The word of God says “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9, NKJV)
E.G. White wrote in the book of education, p. 57 – ‘The greatest want of the world is the want of men– men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall’
God is in need of ‘Faithful Men & Women’. Are you ready to be one?