Faithfulness is the seventh of nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
FAITHFULNESS IS A CHOICE
Faithfulness anchors our beliefs as Christ-followers and requires an intentional choice. Vocational and marketplace Christian leaders must role model behavior - it’s an intentional decision. How? Let’s see what Scriptures say. Beyond simple fidelity, faithfulness encompasses:
1. Loyalty to God
2. Commitment in Relationships
3. Integrity in Actions
FAITHFULNESS TO CHRIST
Remaining true to Christ’s Holy Word and His teachings, even when the tide of public opinion goes against it. Christ deserves, expects, and demands our total loyalty.
FAITHFULNESS IN RELATIONSHIPS
Being reliable and steadfast in our commitments to people, whether in friendships, family, or marital bonds is essential. As Christ demonstrates His faithfulness to us, we must be faithful to those entrusted to our care.
FAITHFULNESS IN ACTIONS
As leaders, especially, our actions must match our words. This requires us to be the same person privately as we are publicly. We must have integrity, which can be thought of as the full integration of what we believe, with how we behave, especially when we think no one is watching (Christ is always watching).
ACTIONS TO TAKE TO BECOME MORE FAITHFUL
Here are four. I am sure you can think of many more:
Being a leader who is a Christ-follower demands intentional faithfulness in every aspect of our lives. As ministry and marketplace leaders, we have a sacred duty to reflect Christ's love and faithfulness in our loyalty to God, our relationships, and our actions.
Our call is not just to display faithfulness but to live it intentionally. The world needs more than just Christ-followers; it needs Christ-following leaders who are unwavering in their faith, consistent in their walk, and true to their words. Intentional faithfulness is a beacon of light in a world filled with transient feelings and fleeting commitments. As leaders, let's strive to be that light, reflecting the very heart of God.
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
October 18, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: All scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.