“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10). What is faithful? Faithful means steadfast, dedicated, dependable, full of faith, trustful, and not simply trustworthy Ac 10:45 16:1 2Co 6:15 Col 1:2 1Ti 4:3,12 5:16 6:2 Ti 1:6 Eph 1:1 1Co 4:17 etc. It is used also of God”s word or covenant as true and to be trusted Ps 119:86,138 Isa 25:1 1Ti 1:15 Re 21:5 22:6 etc
Faithfulness is a lifelong goal. We are to persevere to the end. Faithfulness is remaining true to God and His Word all the time despite the discouragement or difficulty we face. God is always on the lookout for faithful men and women who are dedicated to serving Him. Often times, we think, we are doing a great work for God and miss the point. We do great things for God but within the limits of our own human capacity. But God is looking for men and women He can trust with God-sized tasks (Ezek. 22:30: “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn”t have to destroy the land, but I found no one”). This is the key point that God does the work Himself in His power, in His stregnth and glorifies His name. All we need to do is to surrender and let Him do His work through us His way! Will we be that man or woman in Ezek 22:30? Will God”s eyes rest on us or pass over us? Will God trust us with His God-sized tasks?
Yet we take great comfort in God”s forgiveness and His promise of restoration even when we fail. All God desires of us is that we repent when we sin or fail. Peter is a good example to this. He promised to be loyal to Jesus even to the point of death but on the day of His crucifiction he denied Him three times. Jesus”s eyes rested on Peter even at the time of his unfaithfulness. Peter ran out weeping bitterly because he recognized his own disloyalty (Luke 22:60-62). But Jesus already knew Peter”s heart, and gave him a second chance after the resurrection and trusted him with a God-sized task. Peter repented and was forgiven, restored and comissioned by God (John 21:15-19).
Faithfulness begins with obedience. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).