Do you find it interesting that phrase is used after reviewing the entire New Testament? Jesus modeled the patient endurance and faithfulness for us while He walked on this earth. We are given a sense of urgency to do all that we can to follow Jesus with verses like:
- "He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27 NIV)
- “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." (Luke 13:24 NIV)
- In the NIV, the phrase "make every effort" is used 8 times throughout the New Testament letters.
- "Press on," is used three times in the NIV throughout the New Testament letters.
Do you see the patient endurance following Christ requires? The life to follow Christ will take all our strength! We need to make every effort. We need to be faithful to our love. We will need to endure. The road is not easy, but the reward is so great.
Pray that God will give you the ability to follow Him with patient endurance and faithfulness!