Faithful John


Faith of Our Fairy Tales #5 (Original story / picture)

Story Scripture: But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

Story Saying: Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Behind the Story: John was faithful to the old king all of his days. As he lay dying, John promised to become foster-father to the old king’s young son and show him all the castle except the room that held the picture of the princess of the golden dwelling. Well, John did not exactly keep this promise. After being repeatedly pressured by the prince to do so, John opened the door to the room that held the princess’ picture and the prince immediately fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. So began their trip to find her.

Just as John had been faithful to the old king, he determined to be faithful to the young prince. He sailed with the prince to the princess’ town, thought of a way to get the princess to board the prince’s ship, and quickly set sail for home. On the return trip, John saw three ravens in flying and overheard what they were talking about. The ravens spoke of three bad things that would happen to the soon-to-be wed prince and princess once their ship landed unless someone knew of these bad things and prevented them.

John decided to be that someone. He said to himself, “I will save my master, even if it bring destruction on myself.” John was faithful to his master even if it meant being misunderstood, even if it meant his death.

How faithful are we to our Master – the Lord Jesus Christ?

Becoming a member of the race of faith might mean our actions and beliefs are misunderstood by some and not liked by others. The message of the cross is considered foolishness by those who do not belief. Does that mean we shut up about it even though Christ has commanded us to be faithful in spreading the Gospel? Of course not. With all the great things God has done, is doing, and will do for us, He deserves to have followers who will serve Him faithfully no matter the cost.

Because of his unwavering fidelity, John was resurrected from stone at the end of the story. Likewise, if we remain faithful to God and remain faithful to what He has called us to do and who He has created us to be, we will not remain in the grave. We will be given eternal life (courtesy of Christ) and be awarded an inheritance that fadeth not away.


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