The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
When we endure with Christ, we will also reign with Him. When we die to self, Christ lives through us. If we deny Him, He will deny us to the Father. Regardless of our faithfulness, He will remain faithful. That immediately makes me want to make sure that I endure. Not enduring, means I am faithless. I have lost my hope and belief to press on. Yet, because He is faithful, He continues to try to draw me back.
I think about after my dad died and when my best friend Jennifer died, I lost hope. I didn’t feel like my faith was good enough. I felt like I had let them down. And I felt God had let me down. It was a dark time in my life as I walked away. Yet, God was faithful. He kept dropping little signs that He was still there and He loves me. He got me through, even though in that moment, He was not my focus. He is a gentle God. He does not force Himself on us, but He does make Himself known to us.
Prayer – Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you that You have always stood by me, even when I was faithless. Thank you Father for restoring me to fellowship. Thank You for taking me from faithless to faithful so that I can live and reign with You when I have endured to the end.