The other day my husband and I (Lauren) were asked to speak with some folks on what we've learned the last couple years working & serving in ministry together. Whether you are in ministry or not, this applies to you! What we've learned: the fruit is faithfulness. Here are 3 lessons we shared about ever-increasing faithfulness:
1. The Whole is Greater Than the Part.
Faithfulness is the result of being all-in. Whatever you are responsible for, whatever season you are in: do it with all your heart. The Lord blesses that.
Faithfulness is the result of putting the mission + needs of others before your desires, comforts, convenience. Sometimes it takes long hours and complex problem solving. It's good to work hard.
2. Hold Everything with a Loose Grip.
- Faithfulness is the result of laying your dreams & desires at the foot of the Cross. Trust the Lord with your passions. He cares about you A LOT.
- Faithfulness is the result of trusting the authority God has placed above you. We live in a culture that can often be anti-authority. Authority is good and from the Lord.
3. Fear of the Lord over Fear of Man.
- Faithfulness is the result of fearing the Lord above all things. It's the beginning of knowledge.
- Faithfulness is the result of being more concerned with pleasing the Lord not man. Don't look to man for your approval. God already told you where your identity is.
It's not some miraculous revelation. As God invites us into building His Kingdom here on Earth, we realize it's as simple as saying YES.
God is searching to and fro for people ready & willing to serve Him wholeheartedly - to say YES to His purposes & plans.
I think about Isaiah, who in Isaiah 6:8 says, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!' Isaiah had a vision - a clear & distinct call & mission - he was ready & willing to fulfill. But it all started with Isaiah simply saying YES to God. So where do we start?
We start by acknowledging all we have is not ours, it belongs to God, including us. God's given us time - 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. God's given us talents and spiritual gifts to use/serve others. God's even given us treasure, too!
Faithful over little, set over much. This is God's economy. Use wisely what God's entrusted to you. Be satisfied with building the wall in front of you. Acknowledge He is in control. We can promise you, the fruit of this is ever-increasing faithfulness.