Hebrews 6:11-12 says this: And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Now many of you know the end of Cinderella that she ends up with Prince Charming. Getting there wasn’t easy for Cinderella. There are many things we can learn from this Disney classic. I can tell you that she was not sluggish by any means and that she did have her moments, but she was patient and she inherited her promise. I could just end it here, but I want to highlight a few things in detail.
Cinderella wasn’t liked by her step family (it was obvious as to how they treated her). Her step family thought they were all that and a bag of chips (their hearts were pure ugly – and in some books, they even appeared ugly on the exterior). Like any woman would, they want to be with the man of the hour (in this case, it was Prince Charming). What the step family didn’t realize was that Prince Charming was promised to Cinderella. And like the enemy, he knows what is promised to us (on earth but more importantly our spiritual promise), and is going to do what he can to ensure that we don’t inherit that promise. Cinderella’s punishment for being her was to clean up the house. Now Cinderella could’ve protested and said that she was not going to clean up as a result of their treatment towards her, but she was faithful to do whatever earthly task she had to do. The key word in my prior sentence is “faithful.”
The mice were a god-send to Cinderella, and Cinderella loved the mice. The step family threw away things that seemed insignificant, and the mice made a dress out of those things. See, that’s the beauty of God, He can make something beautiful of what we may think is insignificant. When the step family saw it, they thought they could seal Cinderella’s destiny in that she’s not going by ripping up that dress. And like Cinderella, we have our moments and wonder is God going to come through by saying “I’m faithful with my tasks and being patient as long as I can without losing my mind ‘up in here’.”
And we know that when God comes through, He just does it. And He did that for Cinderella by sending the fairy godmother to her. She confirmed that she is going to the ball (in other words, like the angel told Mary that “you have found favor”). Her dress was 5x better than what the mice made and the mice would be the ones who would transport her to the ball in a pumpkin. What stands out to me: God’s ways are always better than our ways. The dress that she would go to the ball in was way better than the dress that was made from items that belonged to heathen.
Now we have the shoe incident. Who did the glass shoe belong to? I’m sure the step family knew who it belonged to, that’s why they made it so clear when Cinderella was locked away upstairs in a room. See, what the devil doesn’t realize is that when God promises something, he can’t stop it especially when we’re patient and walking by faith. The man had to have the spirit of God in him to call Cinderella down from that locked room (kind of reflective of when Samuel wanted David to come from the field to see if that’s who God chose to be king of Israel). And yes, the shoe fit on Cinderella and they lived happily ever after.
So this is how Cinderella inherited her promise. Just remember when you are promised something from God (and we are spiritually), never get cocky with it and always remain humble & grateful.