“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)
More than likely, someone in your life has disappointed you by not following through on something they promised. People may break their promises, but God always keeps his promises. God shows his faithfulness by doing what he says he will do. Because our lives are based on the promises of a faithful God, we are filled with hope and confidence in every situation.
As the Holy Spirit works in our lives, we develop into people who are faithful, people who do what they say, who keep their promises, and who are worthy of trust.
Those who have been trusted with resources must be faithful with them. Here are three areas of our lives entrusted to us by God that require us to be faithful:
Faithfulness in our relationships. God places people in families and in relationships for a reason. People need other people. God expects us to be there for the people he places in our lives. Are we there for our family when they need us? Are we reliable? Do we consistently provide support, encouragement, and assistance when it’s needed? Do we keep our promises? Being faithful in our relationships is one of the ways we are faithful to God.
Faithfulness in our resources. God gives all of us time, abilities, and financial resources. God expects us to be faithful in using those resources to bring him glory and to build his kingdom. Do we spend time in prayer and reading the Bible? Do we use our abilities to help others? Are we generous with our money? When we give God precedence in how we use our time, money, and talents, we are being faithful.
Faithfulness to our church. Churches are made up of people, and God loves people. The church is God’s plan for reaching people with the gospel and discipling new Christians. Are we faithful in attending church? Do we regularly serve in our church? Ephesians 5:25 tells us that Jesus loves the church and gave himself for it. Just as he was faithful in serving the church, he expects us to be faithful in serving the church.
God is faithful to us. He charges us to be faithful to him, and he promises to reward those who remain faithful until the end: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on the day of his return…” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but he expects us to strive to be steadfast, loyal, dependable, and faithful. And he promises to help us on the journey of faithfulness.
Dear God, I am so thankful for your faithfulness to me. I know your word is good, and your promises are sure. Lord, I know that sometimes I let people down. I’m not as faithful as I would like to be. I want to be a person who is reliable and trustworthy. I want to show faithfulness to my family and friends, and my church. I want to be able to be trusted with the time, abilities, and financial resources you give me. Strengthen my resolve to be faithful until the end. In Jesus’s name, amen.