Semper Fi


We were recently blessed to complete a series on the Fruit of the Spirit. This study had a unique twist given it was entitled. “The Nine Keys to Healthy Relationships.” As a Pastor I was particularly impressed by the fruit of faith or what we call faithfulness.
Spiritual fruit is a product of growth, it has nothing to do with how long you have been a Christian or a church member. I often say, “if you a fruitful what would happen when your fruit is squeezed.”
In our present culture and in these times of the busy Christ follower it’s more difficult to find examples of faithfulness. Can people depend on you and can your church depend on your support and attendance. Your lifestyle is the only sermon many people will ever see or hear.
As the son of a Marine I was often taught about the faithfulness of the corps. Their motto was known as “Semper Fi,” which is a Latin phrase meaning “Always Faithful: or “Always Loyal.” Before this phrase was adopted in 1871 it was, “First to Fight,” a motto that still applies today.
So I ask you today are you faithful? Not just faithful to a friend or to your family, but can people truly depend on you. Are you faithful in your duties to your job, family and to God? Remember, when you are faithful people have faith in you.
As Christ followers we lead by example. The greatest message or witness we will ever be is our lifestyle among others. There is another term I want to leave you with, “Ductous Exemplo,” which is Latin for “Lead by Example.”
As I have often said as the Leadership goes so goes the church. Let’s embrace the faithfulness of a servant leader.
This is the Voice of the Overseer


About johnhreid2013

Bishop in the Eagle's Rock Communion of Christian Leaders (ERCCL) and is member of International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Family Outreach Ministries located in Woodbridge, VA.
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