We leave this life, the same way we lived it. Pain uncovers in us the content of our character, values, and morals. Endurance until the end is the result of strength of purpose that won’t give up until we reach our goal.
Endurance is sticking through the pain in order to finish what you started. Otherwise it is not endurance. In fact, the word endurance, according to the dictionary, is the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear..
Endurance in our faith is an investment into our purpose.
We begin things enthusiastically (when we come to Jesus we are enthusiastic, when we start serving the church we are enthusiastic, when we get baptized we are focused and enthusiastic)... without necessarily counting the cost, only to hit snags after snags, disappointment after disappointment and trials after trials, and we end up asking ourselves when the enthusiasm is done... IS IT ALL WORTH IT?!
There is pleasure in finishing what we start. We endure the frustration in order to get the adulation.
The will of God is usually at the end of that which you endure for Jesus’ sake.
The will of God is done, when we finish the work of God that flows in and through us.
Jesus submitted to the father, committed to enduring the harsh reality of his sacrifice for us, and brought us all a way out from eternal condemnation through salvation. That’s a job well done. And sadly, most of us won’t dare to endure embarrassment, or shame for stepping out and inviting people, going public with our faith or even pursuing and finishing opportunities for discipleship such as Life Groups, I love my city projects and serving others.
How can you know how your life will be if you won’t finish what you started? When we accepted Jesus as our savior, that is NOT the end, that’s the beginning... Now you have to foster a relationship with Jesus.
Let his finished work be your starting point.
Palm Sunday is about welcoming the savior into your town, and your life. Jesus rode on the lowest of animals into Jerusalem and the people celebrated him and welcomed him and his salvation. Good Friday soon followed where they got a deeper understanding of his purpose when he willingly died in one of most painful ways so that we could be saved. He endured through unimaginable pain. But that is not the end...Easter is coming where we celebrate his resurrection! He is alive! Hallelujah!
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