David Brandt Berg
I think one of the best verses I could give you for the coming year, and for that matter the rest of your life and ministry, is: “He that is faithful unto the end, I will give a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
The Lord is talking about your faithfulness in service, if you’re faithful from now unto death, from now till the day you die—and we will all die, except those who are raptured, and you’ll be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52)—and really those of us whose bodies die here, we actually never die. The Lord Himself promised, “He that believeth on Me shall never die” (John 11:26). So you never really die!
You can only live one day at a time; you can only be faithful one day at a time. So 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. Forget the past, and tomorrow will take care of itself, or the Lord will take care of it. Just be faithful today. You can only be faithful one day at a time. Don’t worry about your whole life and, “I wonder if I’m going to be faithful to the day I die; I wonder if I’ll be faithful to the day of my death and be sure I get a crown of life?”
Just be faithful every day, one day at a time, and you’ll be faithful unto death, and you’ll inherit an eternal crown of life! I believe that’s going to be some kind of an actual halo or shining crown, that you’re going to shine like the stars for being faithful. So that’s my prayer for you, that you will be faithful every day, just one day at a time—don’t worry about the rest of them—until the day you die.
If you think about trying to be faithful the rest of your life, that scares you. That worries you. That’s just too big; you’ll never make it. But what about today? Weren’t you pretty faithful today?
Give the Lord a little credit! Give yourself a little appreciation and thank the Lord for what a miracle it is. Look how long He’s kept you already! You worried about all those days and all the events to come, and you had many worries, nearly all of which never even happened. You’re still faithful.
Look at all that time you wasted wondering about whether you were going to be faithful or whether you were going to make it and whether you were going to arrive or whether you were going to still be serving the Lord. You were faithful—not yet unto death, but this far—and you’re going to die daily anyhow. So if you could make it this far, you sure ought to be able to make it the rest of the way.
So quit worrying about the future! Quit worrying about whether you’re going to make it tomorrow or not. “Fret not thyself for the morrow; sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). Don’t try to live the whole year in advance and the next year after that, and, “I wonder if I would make it through the Tribulation, and I wonder if I’m going to be ready when the Lord comes, and I wonder if I’m going to get any kind of a reward at all or a crown?” Quit worrying about it! Just keep busy today. Do what you’re supposed to do today. Be faithful today. The Lord kept you faithful today and you ought to thank Him for it and give Him all the glory.
Too many people think about “faithful” as being some kind of a works thing that you worked up and that you did. Faith comes from the Lord, comes by hearing the Word, reading the Word, and if you’re faithful, you’re full of faith (Romans 10:17). Do you still have faith today? You’re full of faith! How many of you still believe on the Lord today? You’re full of faith! How many of you believe you’re saved? You’re full of faith! Do you believe you’re serving the Lord? You’re full of faith.
You’ve been faithful today; you’ve been full of faith today. So why worry about tomorrow, whether you’re going to be full of faith tomorrow? You may have your times of trial and testing, you may get discouraged sometimes, you may get tired, you may make a mistake, but so what? You’re still much more full of faith than you are anything else.
The best thing I could possibly ask of the Lord is that we will all just be faithful. The most important thing for a servant is to be found faithful, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 4:2). So quit trying so hard. Quit worrying about it. Quit trying to work it up or even pray it down.
There’s a saying, “Don’t work it up; pray it down!” But I can’t even depend on praying it down. I just have to depend on the Lord keeping me faithful and trust Him that my faith won’t fail, because my faith comes from Him.
Just remember, only the Lord can keep you faithful. You have to give Him your cooperation. You have to listen. You have to read His Word. You have to obey. But that’s the easy part. It’s His job to keep you faithful, full of faith. All you have to do if you don’t have enough faith is hear the Word, read the Word—that’s the source of faith—and He’ll give you all the faith you need. Just keep trusting the Lord and don’t worry about it.
You don’t have to have faith for tomorrow. You don’t have to have faith for next week or next month, certainly not for next year or the Tribulation. You don’t have to have it now. Power for the hour! You’ll get it when the time comes. The only faith you need is for today.
Rest in the Lord, trust in Him and do good! Praise the Lord? And verily thou shalt be fed, and thy days shall be long in the land (Psalm 37:3). So don’t worry about it. Just be faithful. You don’t even have to have faith for a whole day. Just have faith for this moment, right now, one moment at a time.
You don’t have to worry about waking up in the morning thinking, “Have I got faith for today?” Not even that! Just get up and go to the toilet and wash and brush your teeth and just have faith for each little thing you do all day long. That’s all you have to have faith for. I mean, if a grain of mustard-seed faith can move a whole mountain, it shouldn’t even take a microscopic microbe of faith to keep doing what little things you’ve got to do all day long!
You don’t have to have faith for the whole day. You don’t even have to have faith for the next hour. You don’t even have to have faith for this hour! Not even for this minute, because a minute is a period of time. If I tell you that you only have to believe for this minute, some people would be worrying about what they were going to do for the next 59 minutes! You just have to have faith for this one second.
Do you think you’ve got faith for this moment, this instant, this second? You’re still alive, you still love the Lord, you’re still saved. You’re still serving Him right this moment, this split second. That’s all you have to have faith for.
Quit worrying about the future. Quit worrying about tomorrow. Quit worrying about even the next hour! God will give you grace when the hour comes. Not just power for the hour; He gives you power for the second or the split second, the instant. That’s all you need. The only faith you need is what you have right now. That’s all you need, just the faith for now.
“Be thou faithful unto death,” He says, “and I will give you a crown of life.” You’re going to get a special crown, a lively crown, a lit-up crown, a shining crown, a glowing crown. I believe in halos! You’re going to have a crown that you can be proud of!
Of course, you’re going to fall down before the Lord and cast your crown before Him like the 24 elders do (Revelation 4:10). Every time you start praising the Lord you’re going to forget all about that crown, and it’s going to tumble off right at His feet.—When you bow down and give Him the glory, casting your crown at His feet. But you’d better pick it up again and wear it, because that’s the one He gave you. You wouldn’t throw away a thing like that, would you?
A bride doesn’t throw away her ring if she still loves her husband, and that’s sort of the ring He’s going to give you. That’s what’s going to show what you have done for the Lord. And the Lord wants the world to see it; He wants all creation to see the badge of your faithfulness, a crown of life! You don’t even have to wait till the new earth and new heaven; you are going to get it at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb when the rewards are given out. That’s when you’re going to get your crown.
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