By Aaron V.
Confirmation Class of 2015
My confirmation verse is Revelation 2:10b:
“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Jesus says this to the angel of the church in Smyrna, which is one of the seven churches in the province of Asia. This verse has been applied to many people since it was spoken. It still applies to you and me. This speaks to all of Jesus’ followers.
When Jesus spoke it, He said that some people would be jailed by the devil as a test and persecuted for ten days. He then told them this, ”Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” This was one time for this verse to be used. This verse can be used as a reminder for all followers.
By this verse, Jesus encourages us to be loyal, even at the threat of death, and He will give us the crown of eternal life. The crown of life talks about eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.
The crown is an amazing thing to get and only those who are chosen by a mightier one may bear it. The crown is a symbol of honor and power and it is a thing to wear proudly.
After Jesus was captured by the high priests, his disciples betrayed Him. His disciples said that they would be faithful to Him no matter what. When He was crucified, His disciples faltered in their faith, but later, after they had seen Jesus again they were faithful to Him. When they failed in their faith, Jesus helped them to be faithful again.
This verse applies in my own life. When I face a time of hardship or experience a time where I don’t know what to do, my immediate response should be to turn to God, to look for guidance from Jesus. This verse gives me strength. When I have no hope in me, my verse can give me hope. My verse can be a cane to keep me from stumbling, but when I do fall, it is Jesus who will offer me His hand to grab onto and He will pick me up.
I know that Jesus will give me eternal life if I am faithful to Him. My verse tells me that I must try keep in my heart that God is good and kind and loves me. That He died for me. If He died for me, then why should I have any reason to distrust Him?
My intent is to be loyal to Him. When I have a bad day, when I pray, but no one seems to be there, I can think of this verse to help me remain faithful. When I am forced to make a decision, good or bad, I will try to make the right choice. It will probably never reach the matter of life or death, but if it does, I know what to do. Still though, I know that in this sinful world, I will sometimes falter in my faith, and I know that Jesus will forgive me.
In every situation, no matter how far away Jesus seems, I know to be faithful to Him.
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