Sunday, April 12, 2015

Endurance Finds Favor With God!

Therefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1 Pet. 4:19) 

If you had a hard-working, faithful employee, diligent, honest, productive, prompt, caring, working for a boss who is belligerent, stubborn, short-sighted, and ungrateful, and if you patiently endure that situation---that finds favor with God. . . . When you endure, you put grace on display. And when you put grace on display for the glory of God, you could revolutionize your workplace or any other situation. . . . 

The purpose of the believer in society is to bring glory and honor to the name of Christ, not to be treated well or to have life be easy or even to be happy, as wonderful as all those things are. . . . 

Why are those things happening to you? So that you might follow in the steps of our Lord Jesus, who suffered for us.  

Hope Again 

The Christian walk is the most difficult way of life to endure. It encompasses discipline on so many different fronts. The Christian walk requires physical discipline. The Christian walk requires spiritual discipline. The Christian walk requires mental discipline. The Christian walk also requires emotional discipline. Does the Christian walk require perfection? No. But does it encourage it? Yes. Granted, perfection can (and only) will be found in Christ. Jesus was able to endure His time on earth with precise perfection. He is 100% God and 100% Man. 

Will we ever be able to relate to Jesus' divine nature while here on earth? No. But we can definitely relate to His humanity. His humanity is a breath of fresh air for those of us who look up to Him and His leadership. The revelation of Jesus' endurance should (and will) encourage us to seek His example in our lives. It is through Jesus and Jesus alone in which we can endure under the most excruciatingly painful circumstances. My dear friends, Jesus was able to endure the hardships, the persecutions, and eventual crucifixion. The crown of His endurance is His glorified resurrection from the tomb after three days.

My dear friends, you may look at your life right now and think about how you are going to make it to see the following day. You probably have doubts as you read this post about whether you will have the endurance and the strength to be able to make it out of the dark tunnel you find yourself in right now. Guess what. There is hope! Hope can only be found in Jesus Christ and in no other person during this life and in the one to come. Be encouraged! Having endurance will help you find favor with God. Do you have what it takes to make it to the end? Ask God to give you the endurance you need to run this marathon called the Christian walk. He will give above and beyond whatever you can ask or hope for. Get ready to receive in Jesus' mighty name! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).