The Fruit of Faithfulness

“For the word of the Lord is right and true;  
He is faithful in all He does.”
Psalm 33:4

Here’s something we must understand about God’s faithfulness - faithful believers withstand the challenges that test their faith because they are sure of the fact that God is faithful in all things and at all times.

Chip Ingram puts it this way, “God will never let you down. He may not do what you want Him to do exactly when you want Him to, or even how you want Him to. He may not orchestrate it in a way that you can understand it now or perhaps ever. But He will never let you down.”

If you’ve been serving Jesus long enough, you can certainly see the truth in those words. But because God is faithful, every believer is called to produce by the Holy Spirit, the fruit of faithfulness every day. Remember, God is our example when it comes to us being faithful to love and serve others.

Romans 12:10 tells us, “Honor and respect one another.” Then Galatians 6:2 says we are to, “Bear one another’s burdens.” These two verses get to the core of the fruit of faithfulness that every believer should be producing in church. In the days we are living in, there can be no imitation to faithfully loving one another, and there can be no limitation to faithfully caring for others!

In today’s modern society, too many families have weakened, true friendships have waned, heathy communication has waisted away, and too many are trying to fill their emptiness in very unhealthy ways.

The United States has witnessed a hundredfold increase in the number of professional caregivers since 1950. Our society boasts 77,000 clinical psychologists, 192,000 clinical social workers, 105,000 mental health counselors, 50,000 marriage and family therapists, 17,000 nurse psychotherapists, 30,000 life coaches, and hundreds of thousands of nonclinical social workers and substance abuse counselors as well.

While I am not opposed to the work that most professionals do to help with the emptiness in the heart, but I believe this is showing a weakness in today’s church. I have found, and I think you would agree, that it doesn’t always take a degree on the wall, but love in the heart to faithfully help the hurting around us.

As I write this blog, I am in Redlands California trying to help my older brother, Bob, who is near the end of his life, and wants to just give in. He's struggling with terrible COPD and severe heart problems because of years of drug use. He's completely empty in his spirit! So I am trying to help him understand the faithfulness of God, and His salvation, by serving and loving my brother!

I am calling all of us at FBC to a renewed awareness to the Holy Spirit producing the fruit of faithfulness. Let's be sure that our church is used to heal a hurt, sooth a sorrow, sit with the shamed, and love the lost. There is no greater faithfulness for the world to see in us and in the church.

In a church of healthy believers, we are FOR each other, and FAITHFUL to one other!

God bless you,

Pastor Dave

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