“But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
Jesus used the word faithful in the parable of the talents, where the master commended his servant, showing his great pleasure and approval,
“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)
There is a sense of the servant being reliable, trustworthy, having his master’s interests at heart and of extending himself to please the master. This servant had chosen where to place his priority for as Jesus taught,
“No servant can serve two masters.” (Luke 16:13)
Being faithful is not merely acknowledging the Lord by word but by showing it in the way we live our lives. Anyone watching us for long enough would very soon pick up where our priorities lie, and who is the major person in our lives – the Lord, another human or ourselves. There is a frightful story of a Christian convert who left a church because to him their faith was merely a hobby! Jesus can never be just a hobby – and if He is not the person of first importance in our lives then we have a problem!
He has told us and showed us what He requires of us. Our challenge is to take Him, His words and His commands seriously, so that we too might prove to be faithful. For as James has taught us,
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
The aim of the Holy Spirit will be to help us to do just that, for
“By their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:16)
‘Am I faithful?’ Pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you there.
Holy Spirit, please help me to have the Lord Jesus as my first and greatest priority, and to seek in all things to please and honour Him. Amen.