Fruit #7: Faithfulness

by Carolyn Hope

And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. (Hebrews 3:1-2)

Here in Hebrews, we see two examples of faithfulness: Jesus and Moses. Jesus was faithful to His Father all his life on earth and remains faithful today. Moses likewise was faithful as a shepherd of the Israelites throughout all their wanderings in the wilderness.

Faithfulness is not an instantaneous attribute. It must be built and developed over time. Being faithful starts with day one, then day two, day three, and so on. In order to be faithful, one must make consistent choices. Faithful people are dependable and reliable; the reason they are so is that again and again, they choose to be there when you need them.

You can be faithful by being consistent and steady. Show up to work on time, every day. Keep your word to people; when you say you’ll do something, do it. Deliver your promises in the time frame you said you would. Faithfulness doesn’t require routine, though it often helps. If you’re struggling to be faithful in a certain area, try setting a specific time each day or each week to do what you need to for that. Be encouraged; you have the power to be faithful within you. Jesus, Whose Name is Faithful and True, will guide you in a life of faithfulness.

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The Pains We Face: Failure

by Carolyn Hope

“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand … When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.” (Exodus 2:11-12, 15)

 

“‘So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'” (Exodus 3:10-11)

Everyone knows what failure feels like. There are many reasons why people fail. Sometimes, it’s because of outside circumstances and situations you can’t control. Other times, it’s because you’ve set your expectations too high, or maybe, you were simply incompetent for what you needed to do. Regardless of where your failure comes from, you are not alone. All of us have failed at some point in our lives.

Moses was no exception. He had a strong sense of justice from an early age. Although he spent most of his early life in the luxuries of royalty, he had a heart for his relatives and people in poverty. He wanted to save the Hebrews from their yoke of slavery, but when he attempted to, his actions didn’t have the results he hoped they would. In fact, he had to flee for his life to the wilderness. He had failed. As a consequence of his failure, Moses gave up on his dream and contented himself with the life of a shepherd. When God appeared to Moses forty years later, He found a man who was insecure and reluctant to accept the very mission he had tried to accomplish on his own before.

Why was Moses so hesitant and afraid? Moses had begun to identify himself with his failure. In his mind, he had one shot, and he missed it. And now, God wanted him to try again? This plan, however, was different. This plan worked because it was a partnership between Moses and God.

It’s easy for us to disqualify ourselves because of past failures. “I tried that before.” “Oh, I’ve done that several times. It never worked.” “It’s just not my luck, I guess.” God never disqualifies you based on your failed endeavors. He calls you and qualifies you for whatever He has planned. And nothing you have ever done can change who He says you are, and who He designed you to be. Don’t identify with your failures. Choose to believe in what God says about you. You were created for victory! Don’t let your failures hold you back from trying again. Get back up, dust yourself off, and go for it. You’ll make it. Jesus is with you, and He’s calling you to more.

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