Week of Jan. 5
Finding the Strength to Stay Faithful Ephesians 1:4 clearly states, “He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” What an amazing realization we gain when we accept Christ’s calling!
Not only are we chosen by God, but also we are called “faithful.” However, being called faithful does not mean that we are. We are faithful when we spend time praying and reading God’s Word. We are faithful when we share our faith with others, and when we gather with other believers to worship Him.
We are faithful when our behavior reflects Christ. We are faithful when we forgive others for the hurts they have caused us, just as Christ has forgiven us. We are faithful when we give back a portion to the Lord of what He has given us. Are you faithful—in your business, relationships, morals, and finances?
Charles Spurgeon writes, “Seek, O believer, that every good thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock! May your faith be no ‘baseless fabric of a vision,’ but may it be built of material able to endure that awful fire which shall consume the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite.
“May you be rooted and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desire earnest. May your whole life be so firm and strong, that all the blasts of hell and the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you.”
You may feel insufficient in being called the chosen and faithful of God. Only the Lord can give you the strength and ability to remain faithful.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).
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