Ep 7: Why Should We Be Faithful? Does It Matter?
Fruit of the Spirit • 13-Nov-2022
This week, John Ortberg joined us with a great message on faithfulness, continuing in our series on the Fruit of the Spirit series. In the story from the Old Testament, God told Abraham (Abrahm) to go, and to be blessed so he would be a blessing. Abraham was faithful but not perfect. He made contingency plans trying to help God’s promised blessing come about on his terms, doubting God could do it on his own. But in the end, Abraham was faithful, and so was God. God promised Abraham he would be a blessing to all nations, all people, not just his tribe, those who looked like him, spoke like him, believed like him, worshiped like him – but all people. This is a call to action for us. Our interactions with people either bless or curse them. Jesus told us not only to love others, but love our enemies and to bless those who curse us. Faithfulness means to use the blessing you’ve been given to bless others. The more we’ve been blessed the less likely we are to take notice. It’s important to take notice – to take a blessings inventory. God doesn’t promise you’ll have peace or total clarity from the get go. He promises if you go he will be with you. Peace comes when you learn to be faithful to God on this side of the circumstances. We grow more in the confusion, when we seek to be faithful, and go through the messy process.
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