Called to Faithfulness

In a recent devotion, I came across a most poignant quote that inspired me at a most needed occasion, and as such I share it with you; for I am convinced that it is likely to encourage you.
Ellen White says, “As the Lord co-operated with Daniel and his fellows, so He will co-operate with all who strive to do His will. And by the impartation of His Spirit He will strengthen every true purpose, every noble resolution. Those who walk in the path of obedience will encounter many hindrances. Strong, subtle influences may bind them to the world; but the Lord is able to render futile every agency that works for the defeat of His chosen ones; in His strength they may overcome every temptation, conquer every difficulty.” (PK 487.1)
Essentially, the above quote speaks to a relationship between God and us, which I would rather see as predicated on our faithfulness to Him and His plan for our lives. Accordingly, I share the following with you:

Success –Not Our Pursuit
Unfortunately, if we are not careful, we make success a thing to be gained as opposed to faithfulness. Admittedly, we, for the most part, love being successful in all that we do; and while we ought to encourage persons to do their best, I feel that it is possible to compromise, or do even the questionable in pursuit of success- if that is the ultimate objective. However, as already noted, and as seen in the life of Daniel, God calls us to pursue a life of faithful obedience. This is the basis of the opening quote. As recorded in the book of Daniel, he was true to God in every situation, and in each instance God blessed His servant Daniel. So it would seem to me that the secret of success is faithfulness, even unto death, in a life totally dedicated to God.

Faithful in Our Relationship to Him
It is tempting, given the demands of our day, to omit or reduce time spent with God. It is easy to justify our action when we who work for the church or in the church reason that we have to get to church, or to the office, or make a visit. That practice, after a period of time, could spell spiritual suicide resulting in a feeling of being burnt out and stressed. Faithfulness suggests discipline and consistency in one’s walk with God. Quite frankly, we need God. Experience teaches one that omitting God does not save time or lend to gain. In fact, just the opposite happens. Therefore, we could never realize the cooperation spoken of in the above quote. That promise of standing by us and delivering us is based on a daily live of devotion and time with God. No wonder we are admonished in Revelation 2: 10, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Faithfulness Wherever and Whenever
Faithfulness is working where I am placed, though not always to my liking, and being consistent in giving my best as the two of the three servants in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). It is in being faithful in little that prepares us for wider and greater service. This is applicable in every profession of life. It is when we are faithful that God gets the glory, His work is advanced, and our communities are impacted positively.

Thought to Ponder:
“But many Christians are waiting for some great work to be brought to them. Because they cannot find a place large enough to satisfy their ambition, they fail to perform faithfully the common duties of life. These seem to them uninteresting. Day by day they let slip opportunities for showing their faithfulness to God. While they are waiting for some great work, life passes away, its purposes unfulfilled, its work unaccomplished” (COL 360.3).