As I sit here writing this, I feel it very important to tell you that I do not write posts in bulk and schedule the posting weeks in advance. I want to be intentional with what I share with you, and this topic was next on my heart to share. I was also surprised when sitting in church on Sunday, as it was the title of the sermon. It is amazing how God validates and guides the choices we make at times.
I wanted to address the topic of perseverance, as I feel that this is one that I need daily reminders in regards to God’s Promises to us. How do we, as mere mortals thrive on an earth that is far from perfect? A world that has stresses in so many areas? The troubles in relationships, with finances, health issues, among many others can be paralyzing at times. How is it that we can keep ourselves moving forward? In short, we cannot do this on our own. In John 6:40, a very clear promise is made. It says, “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will rise him up on the last day.”(ESV) Why should this bring us comfort during times of uncertainty and stress?
I would like to use a movie analogy to explain my sophomoric understanding of God’s Word, and how I see it in relation to my life. As we watch suspenseful movies, many of us sit on the edge of our seats in the anticipation of the next happening. Many times we are on “pins and needles” until the credits start rolling. I have also seen many movies that are just as suspenseful and action packed, but a well-intentioned friend has let the ending slip prior to my viewing. (This could also be due to the fact that I generally wait for it to come out on DVD). I find myself not nearly as “on edge” in those situations. If we know the ending, why spend time stressing ourselves out? It only serves to move our focus from Him, thus moving us away from His Will.
In coming back to the topic of perseverance, this should allow us to focus on His Will on a daily basis. This should allow us to remain sharp in our focus on the “last day.” It does not mean that it will be easy, it does not mean it will always be painless, but it does mean that it will be worth it. Our biggest decision in life will not be financial, nor will it be related to health decisions. Perseverance comes down to our commitment to the decision that we make to invite Jesus in and follow Him. If you would like to discuss anything related to this, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you at this same place tomorrow!