Webster defines faithfulness as: having or showing true and constant support or loyalty: deserving trust : keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do.
where faithfulness starts
Reading the definition of faithfulness, I am confronted with the simplicity of it. This might be the least abstract fruit of the spirit – that is GOOD NEWS for me. There is a pattern throughout the Bible, of obedience against all odds being rewarded and deeply honored by God. Now, it is incredibly easy to over spiritualize obedience - to look at your life as a college student at UGA wondering which major to choose, in constant unrest waiting for God to reveal his plan for your life so that you can say yes to it. And I believe that God is so honored by your desire to be faithful to Him in that way. But in the midst of our questions, I think we have to remember that faithfulness starts with what is in front of us.
Each of the people we read about being hallmarks of faithfulness and obedience had no idea what was in store for them when they chose to say yes. Even though we read every story – of Moses, of Abraham, of Daniel, of the disciples - with the ending just a page away - these people had no idea how their stories would end. They had no idea that they would be the stories of faith written down to become God’s living word for generation after generation of people following Him. They simply chose the yes in front of them. I think that this is where faithfulness starts. What has God given you today that you can practice faithfulness with?
with increased capacity
It takes time to develop integrity and character – for every big yes that we read about and take inspiration from there were countless yeses before. Developing faithfulness is a process. God doesn’t expect you to read this and immediately walk in a full measure of faithfulness in every area of your life. Wherever you are on the spectrum, it starts with one thing. Just choose one and see how God responds to your faithfulness. Each of the fruits of the Spirit are just that – of the Spirit. If we want to become people of faithfulness – true faithfulness – people of “constant support and loyalty” we need the Holy Spirit to do a work in us. As you begin to walk in the small measures of faithfulness, God will, by the power of the Holy Spirit begin to increase your capacity to be faithful with more. Although God keeps no record of wrongs, He will take the time to develop faithfulness in you, so when your big yes comes, you will have had so much practice saying yes to the little things, that the yes to the big one will be one of sound mind built on a firm foundation of mutual trust and dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- Billie Anne Hardigree