Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Patient Endurance and Faithfulness

Do you like the words patience or endurance?  When I hear those words, they always seem connected with something not so great.  For example, you never hear someone say that they have to endure joy.  When I hear the word patience, I think of a long wait...a wait for something that we want to happen.  When I hear the word endurance, I think of having to bear something unpleasant, such as pain.  Today is the second day of reading Revelation, and this takes us through the middle of the book.  There is some powerful imagery and prophecy of things that sound terrible, but then in the middle of it all we read the phrase, "This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people," Revelation 13:10 (NIV).  This phrase is written in the midst of terrible things, and we are reminded of the patient endurance and faithfulness that is required for those who follow Jesus.

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!

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