Faithfulness | Fruit of the Spirit Prayer Season
Do you ever wonder if your work matters? Like, you do the same thankless tasks day after day, and no one seems to notice or care?
It’s easy to get discouraged, and even more, to stop doing the thing. Because who cares, right?
Scripture tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is… faithfulness. Because God is faithful, and He’s working His image in us, His Spirit will grow in us the capacity and the tenacity to be faithful in our work.
And on those days when we wonder if it even matters—when laundry piles up, crumbs cover the floors when hard work gets criticized and complaints rage all around—God also enables us to be faith-FULL, believing that God sees our work, He knows, and He cares.
In fact, Jesus says that one day, the Master of the Universe will look to some of His people and say,
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
Isn’t that so encouraging?!
And someday we’ll share in His happiness as we reflect on all He accomplished through us in our short time on earth. We get to find our joy in Jesus both here and now and for all eternity!
And God’s growing His faithfulness in us through His Spirit as we abide in Him.
So whether you’re…
• folding yet another load of laundry…
• filing yet another report for your manager…
• resisting yet another afternoon craving…
• putting a bandaid on yet another boo-boo…
• writing yet another chapter of your work in progress…
• showing up for yet another church service…
• shopping for yet another week of meals…
• driving your loved one to yet another doctor’s appointment…
…whatever you’re doing today, do it for Jesus, because He delights in our faithfulness when we’re doing it for Him.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
From the Podcast…
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” Matthew 25:21 NIV
What comes to mind when you think of the word “faithfulness?” Perhaps you’ve been hurt by someone in your life who broke your trust because they weren’t faithful. Maybe you’re struck by your own lack of faith in people, or in God. Whatever the case, today, let’s begin by reciting God’s Goodness, praising Him for who He is and what He has done in our lives…
Lord Jesus, Great High Priest, I praise You for being faithful to Your Father’s call to the very end, even to death on a cross. How good You are! How faithful Your love!
- “In the next few moments, praise God for how He has shown His goodness in your life recently.”
We continue by Expressing Our Neediness, confessing our need for Him and His forgiveness.
Honestly, I struggle with daily faithfulness and consistency. On my own, I can do the right thing for a few days in a row, but eventually, I get distracted or bored or tired. Forgive me, Lord. Make me steadfast in my faith in You and in the work You’ve given me to do. Only You can do this.
- “In the next few moments, confess to God how you have failed to [love Him and love others], and express your desire to abide in Him, so that His Spirit may bear much fruit in your life.”
Now we move into a time of Seeking His Stillness, becoming aware of God’s loving presence surrounding us and filling us this very moment.
Take a few moments to become aware of God’s faithful love pursuing you, rescuing you, and holding you. Is there anything you want to say to Him?
Finally, let’s Trust God’s Faithfulness. I invite you to declare your confidence in God’s faithfulness to produce fruit in your life, to preach to your own heart and soul that He is trustworthy and He will take care of what you entrust to Him.
How great is Your faithfulness, o Lord! Even when we are faithless, You remain faithful because that is who You are! It’s because of Your faithful love that we’re not consumed; it’s that same faithfulness that allows me to trust You and rest in You even after I’ve failed. Thank You, Lord. You are so good!
- “In the next few moments, say it out loud: “God, I trust that You will be faithful.”
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