Written by Joice Hadisiswoyo
Sunday, 31 August 2008 00:00
Rev. Josia Abdisaputera
Session I 31-08-08
Graha Bethany Nginden
Revelation 2:10b said: “be thou faithful unto death, and i will give thee a crown of life”. In this life God searches a person who has a faithful character, because the person will get appreciation from God. In old testament, God always says if we have a faithful, He will give his blessing for us.
The meaning of “faith” derives from Greek PISTO EJ (Pistos) Y, the meaning is can be trusted. According to dictionary, the meaning of faithful is keeping doing a task however it is very heavy and difficult, keep on promise. Lately, it has been difficult to find a faithful person. Proverbs 20:6 said Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Brother and sister, one day there was a person who met Mother Theresa asked: “day by day you only served in your city (India). But actually, in other place there are still many people who felt hungry, didn’t you afraid to fail?” And she give the answer “I’m called not to become a successful person, but to become a loyal person.”
In this life, there are three faithful tests.
- A problem (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
This meaning is very wonderful. Because it describes about the problems or bad condition. But Habakkuk keeps having a joy life. In this life there are many problems that we have to bad to face, but through this problem our faithful will be tested. When we have a good condition, maybe it is easy for us to have a joy life, but when we have a bad condition are we still faith?
Example: enestil is the most famous Protestan’s song composer. But when she was a child she got an accident which made her defect. But one day she met a young man, his name was Elscort. And they planned to get married, all of the preparation had been done. But one day Enestil got a bad news, Elscort passed away when he was swimming. Enestil was very sad, for 9 years she didn’t want to leave her room, and she only left for a certain momen. But Enestil’s heart kept opening for God, she prayed and requested a strength from God to keep her strong and faith. And in her room, she got an inspiration to arrange a song that could strengthen other people in any condition.
- World’s temptation
Today there are a lot of things that gave by world that can make us leave our faith to God. In James 4:4 it says “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” And in 2 Timothy 4:10 it says “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” Today there are a lot of God’s servants leave their ministries, it is caused because they love world, so they can’t be faith with the call.
- Time (2 Timothy 4:7)
We are demanded to be loyal not only for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or 1 year, but for forever. So keep on having faith, because next time there will be a show for our faith.”
** John Geddy a missionary from Canada, took a decision to go to Vanuatu island. There he felt lonely moreover he must learn Vanuatu language. Finally he could translate a Holly Bible into Vanuatu language. He kept serving until he passed away. And at first when he went to Vanuatu no one knew God, but when he passed away, everyone knew God. A time test was the most difficult test from our faithful.