One of the great blessings of life in Christ is that we have a sustaining faith and trust that God is loyal to His promises. We take for granted that life under the sun will continue as it has been designed.  Spiritually, we have confidence that God loved the world and sent His only begotten Son to save our lost souls through His mercy and grace.  Can we depend on God?  Of course we can—God is faithful (1 Cor. 1:9).

But can He depend on us?  Upon entering the new, recreated relationship with God in Christ Jesus, we each make a vow to be devoted to Him and active in righteous obedience to His word (Eph. 2:4-10; 4:17-31).  We must remember the admonition of Ecc. 5:4-5: “When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for He has no pleasure in fools.  Pay what you vow.  It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.”

Many, it seems, have the mistaken understanding that God is much like a doting grand-parent who easily overlooks or forgives our foolish mistakes or outright rebellion (sin).  Such reasoning has deadly consequences.  God has called every person to repent (Luke 13:3, 5).  If His forgiveness was automatic or if He does not hold us accountable for our lack of obedience, He wouldn’t be demanding repentance (Acts 17:29-31).

Jesus used a clear example in the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30) with the one-talent servant.  His master had entrusted him with a definite responsibility and when he failed that duty, he was condemned and punished.  God has every right and reason to expect us to accomplish our duty in His service (2 Pet. 1:3-4).  He has given us all that we need to successfully fulfill our work.

We must each look to our own life and assess whether we are living up to our vow or not (2 Cor. 13:5).  Can God depend on ME?  Can we make the same life proclamation as Paul that we have fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith, and hope for the same promised reward of the crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:6-8)?  Are we “always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58)?

God has promised, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).