Summary: The is a sermon on faithfulness from the series on the fruit of the Spirit. How to become faithful with: 1. Your PROMISES 2. Your RELATIONSHIPS 3. Your ABILITIES 4. Your TIME 5. Your GIVING
Fruit Of The Spirit – Faithfulness
Developing Sticking Power
So far in our study of the fruit of the Spirit, we have looked at love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and goodness. Today we will consider the quality of faithfulness. Our focal verse for this series is from the book of Galatians where it says:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23 (NASB)
“Faithfulness” is a word we do not hear very often these days. It is a word usually reserved for retirement parties. After twenty-five years of faithful service – a worker gets a gold watch. When most of us think of the word “faithful” – we think of things that are old. My dog may be old and ugly – but she’s faithful. My car may be old and ugly – but it’s faithful.
To be faithful means to be reliable, trustworthy, dependable, consistent. Faithfulness is a rare quality. It is not easy to find someone who can really be counted on. The Good News Translation of Proverbs 20:6 says:
“Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!” Proverbs 20:6 (GNT)
But we should strive to be faithful for a couple reasons. The first reason we should be faithful is that God is faithful. Second Thessalonians says:
“The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NASB)
Since God desires for us to be like him – he wants us to learn to be faithful.
Another reason why we should be faithful is that God rewards faithfulness. In the Book of Revelation this promise is made:
'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.’ Rev 2:10 (NASB)
The Bible says over and over again that a faithful person will be richly blessed. So if you want to be rewarded in heaven – you should learn how to become a faithful – dependable person.
The most famous geyser in America is Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park. It is not the biggest geyser in America nor is it the most powerful. What makes the geyser famous is its faithfulness! It’s dependability. People appreciate faithfulness – even in a geyser.
Do you have a reputation for being reliable – dependable? You may be talented, educated, and creative – but if you are not dependable, your talents are not worth much. Someone has said, “The greatest ability is dependability.”
On the flip side – unfaithfulness is the cause of many problems in life. Proverbs 25:19 says:
“Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.” Pro. 25:19 (NASB)
Unreliable people are a pain – like a bad toothache or a sore foot. You know what it is like to have a toothache. It hurts. When you are depending on an unreliable person – you can never quite relax. In the back of your mind you are always wondering, “Will he let me down again – or will he come through this time?” Working with inconsistent people is extremely frustrating. But God calls each of us to faithfulness.