Faithfulness. What does it mean to be faithful? We can probably agree that it means we are committed to what we value and are willing to overcome distractions that compromise our bond to these valuable things, like relationships or our identity. Faithfulness is one of the fruits of the Spirit, along with 8 others. They are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. With the Spirit in you, so is the fruit. They are your inheritance. You have a right to them. They are gifts.
Everyone has gifts, but in order to produce and bear the fruit, we must do the work required to develop and grow. Then, we share our fruit with others.
We are here today to celebrate a woman who has demonstrated a growth in her gifts, a development of her fruit. She did the work required and remained steadfast to her values. Her fruit is evident in the filled seats, the smiles on faces of people that meet her, the spiritual growth of her church members, the connectedness she has with her faith, her friends, and her family. It’s all because of her faithfulness. Jeremiah 3:15 tells us:
15 "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”
So be lead by her example. You have access to God’s love to help you develop your own fruit at any time. It is never too late, you are never too young, you are never too old, and you are definitely never too different. God made you and makes no mistakes.
So find the light within you. Pray, meditate, study, or whatever works for you to find and accept your gifts. Develop your faithfulness with steadfastness, dedication, enthusiasm, and study.Then share it.Because of your faithfulness, you will definitely bear your fruit.