If you look at the world around you that you live in, and look for truly strong people, strong followers of Jesus you won’t find very many. Strong meaning James 1:2-4, You always rejoice when you go through a trial because you know God caused it or allowed it so that you would grow in character. Strong meaning Philippians 2:14, you never grumble or complain about anything, but you thank the Lord for everything. Strong meaning Galatians 6:2 where you look around for people struggling, and you carry their burden with them even though you have plenty of your own. Strong meaning Hebrews 12:1 where you keep on going even though you may be tired and discouraged, you never quit.
God gives strength, but it isn’t an automatic, it isn’t an inalienable right of Christians. God gives supernatural strength, but not to everyone, in fact He gives His amazing strength to very few. Why? Because there are conditions set by God that we must meet to be blessed with His strength. Here is one, 1 Timothy 1:12 says, “I thank Christ Jesus my Lord who has strengthened me because He considered me faithful.”
When God considers us faithful He gives us His strength, and the more faithful we are the more strength He gives us. Faithful people do the right thing because it is the right thing. Faithful people keep their commitments and promises. Faithful people aren’t controlled by circumstances and convenience, but they are controlled by their commitments and convictions. Faithful people don’t ask, ” Do I have time?” They ask, ” Is it the right thing to do?” Faithful people don’t ask, “Can I?” They ask, “Should I”. There really aren’t very many truly strong people, because there really isn’t very many truly faithful people.