MONDAY, JULY 13
“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 (ESV)
Mark Hatfield tells of touring Calcutta with Mother Teresa and visiting the so-called “House of Dying,” where sick children are cared for in their last days, and the dispensary, where the poor line up by the hundreds to receive medical attention. Watching Mother Teresa minister to these people, feeding and nursing those left by others to die, Hatfield was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the suffering she and her co-workers face daily. “How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?” he asked. Mother Teresa replied, “My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, I am called to be faithful.”
While most of us will never have to endure what Mother Teresa endured, every Christian is called to be faithful. Galatians 5:22 reminds us that our “faithfulness” is evidence that the Holy Spirit is living inside of us. Faithfulness means to be trustworthy, loyal and steadfast in devotion and allegiance. It includes faithfulness to God and to His will.
Faithfulness in a believer presents to others an accurate (Spirit empowered) display of the unseen God. When we are faithful to God and the gospel, people get a better idea of what God is like. And like Mother Teresa, God has not called you to be successful. He has called you to be faithful. Do you feel you have been faithful lately to God and to His will for your life? How do you think you most, reflect what God is like by the way you live?