The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit, Part VIII
But the fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. Galatians 5:22
Finding a faithful man in the midst of a fearful world is a hard thing to accomplish in this day of distress and trial. People are so busy trying to make ends meet they don't have time for God and their whole life revolves around them. The fruit of faithfulness is speaking of someone who is faithful to God, someone whose thoughts and actions involve pure and unadulterated devotion to Him and His divine purpose.
One such man was David, a man after God's own heart, warrior king and sweet psalmist of Israel. David was a faithful man, not a perfect man by any means, but his heart was set on pleasing God. The first king of Israel was Saul, an unfaithful man concerned only with the things of the world and himself, a poor choice to rule the people of God. When the prophet Samuel met Saul he was on a mission to find his father's lost donkeys and Samuel took him aside and anointed him king over all of Israel, on his inauguration day Saul was found hiding in the midst of the tack of his beloved donkeys.
King Saul turned out to be a miserable choice to rule God's people by disobeying the commandment of God to destroy the Amalekites, instead keeping the spoils for himself and taking their king Agag captive. When the prophet Samuel arrived on the scene he was furious and hacked Agag to pieces and set off to anoint David as rightful king and commander of God's people. A faithful man is one who is concerned with pleasing God, one whose heart is totally sold out to His plan and purpose, willing to lay down his very life if need be. Are you a faithful man?
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:2
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin