He Did Not Miss
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Recently I read of one High School Graduate in Pennsylvania who was being honored for perfect attendance. From Pre-K to grade 12, this young man did not miss a single day of school. Incredible! This truly is a good record to hold. No matter how he “felt” he was at school. On sick days, he took medicine and toughed it out. How could he be so consistent? Perseverance. Dedication. Determination.
In the verse above, please note how that the Lord is faithful to finish what He starts. When a person is saved, the Lord begins to change them from the inside out! This is called “progressive sanctification.” It is the Lord who changes us, but the change is also dependent on the Christian yielding and submitting his life each day as a living sacrifice to the Lord. Jesus wants us to “live for Him.” God is faithful to preserve us and take us to Heaven at the time He has appointed for us.
These same qualities of faithfulness, perseverance, dedication, and determination are also necessary in the Christian life for us to develop, be more fulfilled, and for us to live lives that truly glorify Jesus.
Here are 3 helps to be faithful to the Lord…
- David Looked For the Faithful. Psalm 101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. David wanted to be around people who loved the Lord and were faithful to Him. The people we “hang” with do influence us.
- Moses was a Servant. Hebrews 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after. Moses, a prince of Egypt, leader of Israel, and spoken directly to by God, did not let that get to His head. He was faithful because he still saw himself as a servant. Who are you serving today?
- God Sends His Blessings to the Faithful. Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. Serving self, or being selfish is not blessed by the Lord. The “others” focused person who is faithful in His walk with God is blessed in many tangible and intangible ways. There is no price tag on peace or contentment, yet this is what God can give to the people who are faithful to Him.
Well, I can’t get perfect attendance in school; I am well past that stage of life – but I can be reliable. I can be dependable. I can be faithful to the Lord. While the Lord is sanctifying me and making me more like Jesus, I can yield my life and decisions to Him each day!