His closest companions had all been killed. He alone survived. Therefore, it was no coincidence that the Lord chose to share His final revelation with John, the faithful, beloved disciple. For 60 years he had proclaimed the gospel and founded a number of churches.

After more than half a century of service, John’s commitment had not weakened, but grew steadily stronger. His testimony for Christ had not tarnished with time, but shined ever brighter. His message had not grown in complexity or lost its life-changing power through the years; rather it was as clear and effective as when he had first received it from His Savior. John had fought a good fight. He had kept the faith. He was faithful to the end.

I love to see longevity in ministry. I think it is a wonderful thing to see older people who have lived their entire lives to glorify the Lord. There is nothing more beautiful and rewarding. All it takes is commitment and the willpower to persevere in the face of obstacles, trials, and resistance from the devil. Do you have what it takes?

You may look with admiration and awe at spiritual giants like the Apostles John, Peter, and Paul, but you don’t think you can accomplish anything near what they did for Christ. Think again. The path to spiritual success begins when you take the first step of obedience to the will of God. Determine to be faithful at all costs, and He will give you staying power for the task.

I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything. — William Carey

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.