Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life--Revelation 2:10
In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul speaks of nine fruits of the Spirit, one of which is faithfulness. Faithfulness is a matter of loyalty as well as strict adherence to allegiance and duty. Faithfulness to God and his word must never be underestimated because it is one of the great conditions of our salvation (Hebrews 3:14). Hearing and being obedient to the implanted word of God is essential as we begin the Christian journey but we must understand that once we begin that journey we must stand firm in the faith (James 1:21-25; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Galatians 5:1; Hebrews 4:14).
Loyalty and a firm adherence to the commitment we made when first we began the Christian journey, namely to obey, serve and honor our God under any and all circumstances is the price we must pay in order to keep us safe from those things we encounter daily that threaten the salvation of our soul (James 1:27; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Timothy 5:22; Hebrews 12:1-2).
A deep, abiding faithfulness in our God will make it possible for us to face with the greatest of confidence any trial or temptation we encounter on our journey to eternity. Because we are weak, frail, imperfect humans we must, every day of our lives fervently fight the good fight of faith lest our faithfulness fail us and we fall prey to the devil as he seeks to devour us (1 Timothy 6:12; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Peter 5:6-9).
The writer of Hebrews speaks of having an anchor of the soul, one that is sure and steadfast. He tells us that hope is that anchor (Hebrews 6:18-19). The hope that serves as an anchor for the soul is Jesus Christ in whom we have the hope of eternal life (Acts 4:12; Hebrews 5:8-9). But understand that the strength of that anchor lies entirely in the kind of faithfulness we have in God.
Faithfulness is a choice we make every day of our lives. I pray that our faithfulness will never be so shallow that it will not allow us to trust God implicitly (Psalms 62:8). I don't know nor do I understand why this journey sometime becomes a trail of tears but the God I love, trust and serve does know and so long as I remain faithful to him, He will see me safely through this life. What is true for me is also true for each of you To God Be The Glory.