Do not Give Up!
Hebrews 12:1 tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
One of the struggles that many are dealing with today is they are becoming weary. Let us face it, the past six months have been tough; they have taken their toll on us. For many of us, this year has been the toughest of our lives. We have seen several of our loved ones pass-away. We feel more isolated than ever. We are struggling to find hope in what seems to be an increasingly hopeless world.
I want to give each of you a word of encouragement. Do not give up! Keep running the race that God has set before you.
I try to run several times every week. Running is hard work and very exhausting. Sometimes I start out on my run and I think, “Why am I doing this to myself?” But there is a reward to the hard work – I feel much healthier, my energy levels are higher, and I am physically fit to serve the Lord!
We are called to live each day with the endurance that the Lord gives us. In Romans 5:3, we are told, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.” In James 1:3-4 we are told, “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Endurance is something that is produced in us through the trials and struggles of life – it is not a fun process to grow in endurance! But we have the encouragement to know that during trials, God is doing a good work in us. He is growing us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. What a glorious thought!
I know that this is an uncertain time, especially with the political landscape of our nation. It is tough during a global COVID crisis. But be strengthened in your heart and be encouraged! Continue to run the race of faith that God has set before you. Keep praying faithfully and spending time in the Scriptures. Continue to serve others and share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God loves you and is doing a work in you and through you.
“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We have the hope of a glorious future in the presence of our Lord. What is life but preparation for eternity? So let us live as enduring Christ-followers. Let us run this race with endurance, living every day as an offering of worship to the Lord. God will give you a glorious reward for your faithfulness.