And Be Faithful
And Be Faithful
The ending is just as important as the beginning. Everybody needs Christ. That is why we desire every person to be baptized into Christ. In Revelation 2:10: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer; behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
This reminds me of a story I read in a recent bulletin. A man called the church office and wished to talk to the preacher. He asked if he could be a member of the congregation. The preacher told him they would be glad to have him as a member. Then the man went on to explain he didn’t want to be called upon to do anything. He would attend when he wanted to attend. If he missed a lot of services he didn’t want to have anyone call him. The preacher replied that the congregation he was looking for was at such and such location. He then gave the man detailed instructions of how to find the building. The man left and went to look it up. What he found was an empty building with a sign on the door that said: “Closed – We Meet When We Want To!”
That is why Revelation 2:10 is so important. Be faithful to the end of life. There is work to be done. To mention just a few: worship, prayer life, clean life and leading others to Christ. When you read and study the OT, you read about Noah, Abraham and Moses. They were faithful in obedience to God’s commands.
If we expect to receive a crown of life, we need to be faithful unto death. We each need to examine our own life and see if we are faithful.