You may have heard the saying: “Half of life is just showing up!” As important as showing up is, perseverance ultimately reaps the reward. Living continually under the Lordship of Christ, pursuing God’s way, and working towards God’s calling can all tax your faith. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV) It is always easier to persevere for what can be seen, while mature and seasoned faith is attained by persevering for those things that cannot be seen. It is great to come to church, attend a small group, and study the Bible with other Christians, but are you willing to test your faith with that which is uncertain?
God’s rewards for perseverance are often focused on what the world does not prize...such as cultivating greater faith, working for results that benefit others more than oneself, and cultivating Godly character so that others can be impacted by His work. This perseverance may not bring the benefits the world prizes, but it can be a powerful tool in God’s hands. Psalm 40:4 explains the secret to this style of living, “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (NIV) The Lord, not the things of this world, have to be your trust. Chasing anything else will end in failure and heartache.
Ultimately you have to decide whether you want God’s rewards or the rewards of the world. Luke 8:15 describes how your seed of faith will ultimately produce a good crop through perseverance: “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (NIV) Your ability to persevere flows from your faith, your desire for the things of God, and your fortitude to keep your eyes on Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-14 encourages you in this: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Do not stop short of God’s blessings and work in your life by quitting too early. Be strong knowing that your God is a good God that rewards those who are faithful.
Proverbs 19:2 “Desire without knowledge is not good, the man in a hurry misses the way.” (NEB)
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