To be “faithful unto death,” just be faithful today.
The best thing that we could possibly ask of the Lord for ourselves is that we will be faithful. “Be faithful unto death,” He says, “and I will give you a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10 KJV).
When you think about trying to be faithful for the rest of your life, that seems impossible. That’s just too big; you’ll never make it. But what about today? You may have had your trials and tests, you may have gotten discouraged, you may have made mistakes, but have you still got your faith today?—Then you’re full of faith. You’ve been faithful today.
You can only live one day at a time, so you can only be faithful one day at a time. Don’t worry about when you weren’t faithful yesterday or whether you’re going to be faithful tomorrow, but do your best to be faithful today. Just be faithful one day at a time. You don’t even have to have faith for a whole day. The only faith you need is what you’ve got right now. Just have faith for this moment, right now, one moment at a time. Just be faithful for one moment, one hour, one day at a time, and you will inherit an eternal crown of life.
Only the Lord can keep you faithful.
Too many people think about faithfulness as being something that they must work up. But faithfulness is a result of faith, and faith is a gift of God. You just have to depend on the Lord to keep you faithful.
If you feel you don’t have enough faith, read the Word; that’s the source of faith. You have to give Him a little cooperation, you have to listen, you have to read, you have to obey, but that’s the easy part. It’s His job to keep you faithful, full of faith, which comes from Him!
So quit trying so hard! Quit worrying about it! Quit trying to work it up or even pray it down! Trust the Lord and don’t worry. He’ll give you all the faith you need!
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior” (Jude 24-25), commit your way, your life, your mind, your thoughts, your time! “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him” (2 Timothy 1:12). Praise the Lord! Only He can do it!
Faithfulness in little things is a great thing.
Never belittle any task that the Lord has given you, because even things that may seem little are important to Him. You may think that what you’re doing now isn’t very important, but you just might be in school for something that’s more important than you realize. The Lord tests you first with little things, and the more He finds He can trust you with, the more He gives you. He knows that if you’ll do little things diligently, faithfully, and well, then He can trust you with big things. Jesus said, “He that is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).
Little things are big in God’s eyes. God runs the whole world on small things, and He judges us by small things. The world and the entire universe and God’s kingdom are made up of small things. Without the small things, none of the big things would be here.
(Prayer:) Help us, Lord, to learn how important the little things are, and help us not to fail in even the least of them. Your Word says, “It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2)—full of faith and faithful at their tasks. Help us to be faithful in all things, small and great.
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Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
–1 Corinthians 4:2
Not slothful in business; [but] fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.
Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
A faithful man shall abound with blessings.
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