Be Thou Faithful Unto Death

Glen Head

Many have seen loved ones come and go as they pass through the ever open door of death. Everyone at one time or another will slip through this fleshly world to go on to their eternal abode. Some will leave a legacy, some will be remembered for a time, most will be forgotten in but a few days. It is strange how our earthly minds forget, yet the heavenly Father will remember all those that have walked His earth, those that have beheld His glory in the form of things that will pass away. Yet when taught of unseen things such as heaven or hell we as a people scoff and say, “How ridiculous!”

It is a sad state of affairs when a people can trust in a government that falls short in its promises and concerns about the wellbeing of the individuals under her care, yet be so absent minded about the God that created all and had all people in mind when his Son was on the cross at Calvary. Being faithful to that loving God is not a hard concept to understand. His Word is true in every facet of its deliverance to mankind. Even the simplest words of God have such meaning that they can’t be ignored. But leave it to man to see things his way, or have such a desire to be fulfilled and pleased by the corruptible influence of Satan that God is only seen as a dim reality in the whole scheme of things.

The entertaining idea of being faithful is laughable when we look outside of God. In general most of the people in the world have no clue to what the word faithful means. Look at marriages today. Very few last over a decade anymore. Look at how faithful people are to their children. What about the employee-employer relationship? How faithful are we to our friends? What is it about enduring, being steadfast in a cause or purpose that man can’t handle? How faithful has society been over the last three thousand years to its gods? We could name many gods in the Bible and in more recent history we could name a thousand more. More so than anything how faithful are we to our heavenly Father? The God and Savior that was willing to save man at such an awful cost.

Yes, God can be forgotten. His word can be twisted, perverted, added to, taken away from or even not taught anymore. BUT GOD WILL ALWAYS be faithful to His creation! The very creation, mankind, that for the most part has rejected Him. God is faithful to His promises. We will be judged by His Word. The very Word His creation is so negligent in obeying. Every knee shall bow before the only begotten Son of God on the day of judgment. Not just a few shall stand to answer for their deeds, but we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:10)

Being faithful to God is a must. It is a reality. It is easy for our minds to lock in on what we see, touch, feel, taste and hear. But we can know what is beyond this life, beyond our own realm of thinking and understanding. There is too big of a price to pay for unfaithfulness. Paul so bravely offered these last words of encouragement to Timothy, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7) “I have kept the faith.” Be faithful. In the end we will have much to gain by being faithful to God. In the end we will have much to lose if we are not faithful in keeping His word. “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)