A dictionary definition of faithful will give you something like this:
faith·ful (fthfl) adj.
1. Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal.
2. Engaging in emotional and sexual relationship only with one’s spouse.
3. Having or full of faith.
4. Worthy of trust or belief; reliable.
5. Consistent with truth or actuality
Who knew faithfulness had so many meanings right? When 1 Peter 1:4-6 tells us that we are partakers of the divine nature and that we have excaped the corruption that is in the world, and then goes on to say that we must add to our faith certain things. What then does it look like for a modern day super mom to put on faithfulness?
1. I am devoted to my Lord and his cause.
Going into all the world to preach the Gospel, begins in my own home with the children and visitors God sends me, and the people I come into contact with throughout the course of my day. I can put on faithfulness by sharing his message of salvation, redemption, adoption and hope daily.
I can remain devoted to him and his purposes/plan for my life instead of being resistant to the
interruptions opportunities he sends my way. I can strive to reflect back on him the glory he deserves in everything I do.
2. I am loyal to my spouse.
I can guard my heart from emotional affairs. I can consistently seeking to put my husbands needs before my own. I can make him a priority in my day and in life, defend him, respect him, be his most loyal fan.
3. I am full of faith in my Lord.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2
A modern day mom putting on faithfulness will be full of faith in God. I can be confident that he which began his good work in me, will complete it. I can be confident that he knows the plans he has for me, that his ways are better than my ways. The ancients were commended for an evident faith, a faith that acted upon that confidence. How full of faith am I?
4. I am trustworthy and reliable.
I can be trusted to do what I say I will do. I can be trusted by my husband and by my children to put high priority on their welfare. I can be trusted to be consistent, to be responsible, to be dependable, because I am allowing God through his Spirit to evidence that fruit in my life.
5. My life is consistent with/true to God’s principles for living.
I can live the Truth of God’s Word and his principles. Not by my own strength. Not by my own power, but through his Spirit.
Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
If God has called me to put on faithfulness (and all the other fruits) and he has! Then he will by his Spirit give me all I need to accomplish what he has asked of me. I must put off the cape of pride and self-sufficiency, and choose to put on faithfulness by the help of his Spirit and for his glory.
May you live in the victory of faithfulness today!