Lately I had been prone to giving up until I realized that giving up is not an option for a Christian! Jesus calls us to persevere on this earth. Guys, our time here is so short-too short to waste with complaints and giving up. This life is super tough at times but there is really no greater encouragement to keep on going than to know that we will get to be in Jesus’s presence for all of eternity. Any present suffering is not even WORTH comparing to the eternal glory that is going to be revealed to us. If you are a Christian, I want to challenge you in your endurance. If you are not a Christian, I want you to know that there is a God waiting on you to turn from your sin and to Him-waiting, with open arms, longing to embrace you and sustain you daily by the fullness of joy in His presence.
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you wont grow weary and give up” (Hebrews 12:1-3).
It is natural to feel like giving up and to need to rest in God’s presence-living in a hostile world takes a toll on us outsiders (for our home is heaven)! When we feel like this, we are directly called to lay aside the sin that ensnares us, run with endurance, consider the hostility Jesus Himself endured, not grow weary, and LOOK TO JESUS! Keep burning for Jesus!
“You must also be patient. Strengthen your hearts because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8).
2 Corinthians 4:8/ 2 Corinthians 4: 16-17/ James 5:11/ Psalms 31: 24/ Psalms 27:14/ 1 Timothy 6:12/ James 1:2-3/ Matthew 24:13/ 1 Peter 1:6-7.