Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness by Sean Finnegan

Our God is faithful (Deut 7:9; 1 Cor 10:13), so we too should be faithful (Eph 5:1).

Luke 12:35-48 This is a double parable with the first focusing on a servant faithfully keeping watch for his master’s return home after a late-night wedding feast. The second is about a household manager whom his manager put in charge of faithfully taking care of matters while he is gone. Both of these have much to teach us about remaining vigilant and faithfully serving day after day, year after year, and decade after decade. If Jesus should come back in your lifetime, what do you want him to find you doing? Whatever that is, do more of that.

Luke 16:1-15 This is one of the more colorful parables in Scripture since it features a dishonest employee who gets fired. However, Jesus is not telling this story to endorse cheating the boss by giving discounts out for favors. No, his point is that we need to be wise and generous with our money. Then Jesus appends a conclusion about the importance for his followers to be faithful in the little issues of life.

Luke 19:11-28 Our last parable is about a king who entrusted 1 mina (100 days wages) each to ten of his servants before leaving for a long trip. Upon his return, he calls them to account and is eager to discover how they have improved his estate while he was gone. To those servants who multiplied what he entrusted to them, he said, “You have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten (or five) cities.”

Are you faithfully serving God? Are you faithfully taking care of the little matters of this life? If not, you can confess this to God since He’s faithful to forgive and cleanse (1 John 5:9).

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