“If you remain faithful when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.” Jesus, Rev 2:10
“Help me walk the walk.” Steve
I’ve missed the application of Rev 2:10 – it’s not just faith in persecution – something bigger is going on here.
In context the church in Smyrna is facing persecution, and in the future people will be thrown into prison. Some may die. So God is telling them to get ready now, to be faithful even to death, if that is what is coming for them.
But I believe it also applies to Macen, and Steve, and my parents – people who were faithful to God when facing death. Not persecution death, but cancer or Alzheimer’s or yet-another-stroke death. When Steve was diagnosed I asked him how I could pray for him. He asked me to “pray that I would walk the walk God has for me.” He was concerned he would get mad at God, and be a poor example for his boys still living at home. He didn’t want to die a poser, a man who could follow God in the good times, but dumped God in the hard times.
More recently I watched 17-year-old Macen walk the walk. I watched my parents do the same. It’s not just faith in the face of persecution that is going on here. It’s faith in God when God seems unfaithful. It’s knowing God is good all the time when the circumstances, which God could change, are not good. It’s walking the walk when the walk sucks, in faith that God’s walk is better than the walk we would rather be on.
Lord, help me to walk the walk You have for me.