The Fruit of the Spirit #7:
Text: Gal. 5:22-23
Thesis: To understand the virtue of faithfulness and how to have it in our lives.
(1) Today, unfaithfulness is seen in many ways in this world (e.g., adultery, lying, hypocrisy, slothfulness).
(2) Let us look at what constitutes true faithfulness and then note how we can put it into practice in our own lives.
I. What is faithfulness?
A. ‘Faithfulness’ (Gr. pistis) means “the state of being someone in whom confidence can be placed, faithfulness, reliability, fidelity, commitment” (BDAG).
B. God and Jesus epitomize faithfulness.
a. 1 Cor. 10:13 – God is faithful (context of helping us overcome temptation)
b. Heb. 10:23 – He who promised is faithful
c. 1 Pet. 4:19 – Faithful Creator
d. 1 John 1:9 – Faithful and just (context of forgiveness)
a. John 4:34 – My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me
b. “It is finished”
C. Consider this quote: “Faithfulness is only rarely demonstrated in martyrdom; it is usually displayed in the little tasks of life that tend to wear us down. In fact, almost every Christian has had a mountain peak experience of devotion such that, if he or she had been called on to die for Christ right then, no fierce lion or firing squad could have shaken faith. A much smaller percentage of us can deal with the little things like committee meetings, cranky neighbors, or irritations from the children. In relation to a local church, generous and consistent giving is an evidence of faithfulness. So is regular attendance at worship assemblies. Participation in ministries is an even better indicator, because that is more demanding than putting money in a plate or reserving a fixed time to assemble for worship. Being called on at awkward hours to serve others in difficult ways requires dependability” (Shelly 126-27).
II. How do we display faithfulness?
- As in the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25), would the Lord be able to see faithfulness in your life and say: “Well done good and faithful servant?”