During camp, our TAWG lessons covered the Fruit of the Spirit. But there were a few we didn’t get to. This week, we’re taking a look at the rest of the Fruit of the Spirit. We hope these posts give you some good “food” for thought.
As we end our TAWG series on the Fruit of the Spirit, we’ve come to the fruit of faithfulness. Read Galatians 5:22-23 once more to remind yourself of the Fruits of the Spirit.
Faithfulness seems like the perfect fruit to highlight as we transition back home from camp. Camp is a “mountaintop” experience. The struggle, then, is in coming back down to earth. We’ve all been there – you make a decision at camp only to be faced with the same old struggles and temptations when you get home. It sometimes causes us to doubt what happened at camp. We think, “If I really made that decision, I wouldn’t be struggling right now.”
Jesus never said the Chrisitian life would be easy. Take some time and read John 16:33. If you don’t have a Bible nearby, here’s a link to the verse online.
Instead, Jesus calls us to faithfulness – day in and day out. So what is faithfulness? The textbook definition reads – “the quality of being faithful; fidelity.” Pretty obvious, right? But the idea here is that you are being loyal every day. Every day you show up ready to follow. Faithfulness is focused much more on the mundane than the mountaintop.
This means that as we come home from camp, our focus should be there as well. Instead of looking back and relishing in all the amazing things that happened at camp (though I hope there are many), focus your energy on following God each day. I know, it’s hard. Again, Jesus didn’t tell us this would be easy. But it’s what we’re called to.
So what does this look like? Well, there are some key tools that any Christian needs to implement to live a faithful lifestyle. You know them as well as I do:
- Personal time with God
- Fellowship with other believers
- Reading God’s Word
There are certainly other disciplines that apply, but these are some of the basics. Look at that list. We can all improve on each one. No one is perfect. But try to zero in on one area in particular where you can improve on a daily basis. Then…
If you want to pray more, write down some prayer requests and pick a time of day. Each day at that time, spend a few minutes in prayer. Personal time with God can come at any time of day, it doesn’t have to be in the morning. Pick a time that works for you. Or maybe you want to spend more time with fellow believers. This is where church comes in. Get involved in your youth group. For reading God’s Word, it could be as simple as reading one verse a day. Even a little bit of interaction with the Bible can be so filling!
Obviously, these disciplines can merge together. Maybe, as part of your alone time, you read the Bible and pray! Great! But remember that none of these disciplines will look the same for everyone. Talk to God and figure out how each one works best for you. Maybe, instead of reading, God just wants you to sit in stillness and silence with Him. That’s great too!
Laura Bulgrien talked about faithfulness out at camp. She told a story about a time when God spoke to her. She longed to serve in overseas missions, but she found herself working at a desk. It was hard for her to see the impact she was having. But God clearly told her that if she wasn’t willing to be faithful in the “small” things, she’d never be faithful in the “bigger” things.
What small things can you be faithful in today? How has God been speaking to you since camp ended?
The bottom line is: camp only goes so far. At the end of the week, camp is over. Now you’re back home and school is about to start. This is where the rubber meets the road. God is calling you to faithfulness. Will you answer?
- Matthew 16:24
- Lamentations 3:23
- Psalms 36:5
- Psalms 119:90
- Luke 16:10
Tomorrow, we’ll be starting a new TAWG series. Check back to see what’s next. And if you’d like to see our other TAWG sessions on the Fruit of the Spirit, you can find them below.