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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Endurance"

Date published: 02/12/2011

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” NIV

There are so many things in life that require endurance to reap a reward. We marry for happiness and love - yet heartache and turmoil can take place instead.  We have kids expecting joy and happiness - yet brokenness and disappointments can result.  We work for satisfaction and pleasure - yet purposelessness, injustice, and strife can occur.  We live our Christian life for abundance, joy, and meaning - yet often it results in confusion, dryness, and questioning.  One character trait that is common for success in all these examples is endurance.  Life is made up of relationships and contrasting dynamics that often change what you would deem as the desired outcome.  Endurance creates the opportunity for these less desirable circumstances to allow you to grow in ways that might never have occurred without tough times.  The same is true in your Christian walk.  God is working in your life not only for your benefit, but also to use you for His kingdom purpose.  The more followers of Christ live with abandonment for Christ, the more they will experience God using their lives for the benefit of others in His kingdom purpose.  When God uses your life in this way, you reap an eternal harvest that brings benefit now as well as in the future.

1 Timothy 6:11-12 “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  (NIV)