In our culture of instant gratification, one of things we tend to lack is staying power.
Holding on- keep fighting the good fight. When we don’t see the fruits of our labor, it’s easy to give up.
Running with endurance- do we have staying power?
Do we strive against sin? See Hebrews below- in all of our comforts- I can’t imagine striving against sin to the point of bloodshed. Yet, that’s what Paul talks about. I want to run with endurance- I want to keep the faith- I want to fight the good fight.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
Yes, I do long to hear those words from God someday- well done, good and faithful servant. What are we doing now to fulfill God’s calling in our lives?
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
How are we using our gifts to serve Him?
Are we paying attention to where He is leading us?
2 Timothy 4:1-8
1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
I pray that the verses will inspire and challenge you- as they have me- to keep on keepin’ on- to press on through struggles- and even when we can’t see the fruits of our labor- to have faith in God and continue to work diligently in service to Him- until He calls us home.