Jesus made it pretty clear that the fruit of our lives will be used as identifiers:
“You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” – Matthew 7:16
Paul goes on further to help us identify what we look like if we are walking according to the Spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
So simple logic would dictate that if the above fruit is not coming out of our life, then we are not walking according to the Spirit. That would be simple deduction right?
Sure, anyone could argue that we aren’t perfect and will fall short in seeing these fruit evident in our lives. But interestingly enough, Jesus didn’t give an excuse did He? He said pretty clear that we will be recognized by our fruit. If our life is not consistently producing the fruit of the Spirit, then we are not walking according to the Spirit.
One of the fruit of the Spirit that goes overlooked quite often is faithfulness. The blogosphere is ripe with blogs on loving people… being patient… being kind and good to people. But it seems like there is silence when it comes to faithfulness (which, the same could be said about self-control).
Faithfulness can be manifest in many different ways: keeping your word, being persistent in faith, being responsible with tasks you’ve been assigned, persevering in life even when it’s tough, etc.
This really begs the question: If we are not walking in faithfulness, then are we truly walking according to the Spirit? And if we are not, then we have a problem.
It seems everyone wants to change the world, but not many simply want to be faithful. Everyone wants to dream big dreams, but not everyone sticks with it to see them through. Anyone can talk big words, but not everyone follows through with those spoken desires.
When it comes to faithfulness (and any of the fruit for that matter) we must look to Jesus, both as our example of faithfulness and to also help us remain faithful.
Jesus was (and is) faithful to the end.
So as you’re considering these words, allow Holy Spirit to check your heart concerning faithfulness. And if your life isn’t producing faithfulness, why not?