Becoming a Fruit Tree: Faithfulness

Becoming a Fruit Tree: Faithfulness

Joshua 24:14 ESV: “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.”

2Chronicles 19:9 ESV: “And he charged them: “Thus you shall do in the fear of the LORD, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart:”

We are given a command to serve god in faithfulness, but what is that even mean? Merriam Webster gives us these definitions. faith·ful adj \ˈfāth-fəl\

Definition of FAITHFUL; 1:obsolete : full of faith 2: steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal 3: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious 4: given with strong assurance : binding <a faithful promise>

5: true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original <a faithful copy>

If we take the definitions and put them together we can come up with a good idea of faithfulness: Steadfast allegiance, and observation of Duty, with strong assurance, that is true to the facts.

We are commanded to serve the Lord with Steadfast allegiance. To Be diligent to obey, to be convinced and assured of the truth.

1Samuel 26:23 ESV: “The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness…”

The Lord is a rewarder of those who do what he wants. Obedience is always better than sacrifice.

Psalm 26:3 ESV: “For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.”

We also share in God’s faithfulness. The Fruit of the spirit are all found in him and as we draw into him more and more we find ourselves becoming more like him. This enables us to grow our fruit. Most of the verse in the Bible that deal with faithfulness are centered around God’s faithfulness.

Psalm 1:1-3 ESV: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

When we abide in him, it is as though we are being planted by the rivers of living water. That water, which is his presence feeds our trees and causes us to grow lasting delicious fruit. The presence of the Lord is a key to long lasting fruit. That is not necessarily about fruitfulness but it’s a bit of free knowledge to help us grow.

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About matreames

I am a Man on a Mission, A Missionary. I worship, I Love the Word, and I love the Glorious Gospel. How can I help you pursue Christ more?

Posted on April 6, 2011, in Fruit Tree, Internship, Religion, Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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