Perseverance: Why do we need it?
Because, without perseverance, we give up.
We are dodging storms and heat as if we are playing hopscotch. The deck furniture is a jumbled mess, and I have yet to go set things right. We are in the thick of Vacation Bible School and having a blast, though we are tired, we are full.
Last week I was asked why perseverance? Why do we need perseverance? What is the cost without perseverance?
As we live our days we know, we expect the hard edges of life to invade. James tells us very early in his epistle that we will suffer. And, yet we must persevere.
Without perseverance, we will give up. We will set down as Job did, and wallow in the literal ashes of our life. Job did not stay down. Job went to God with hard questions, and God answered him. Soon Job’s life was restored. What I want to get from Job, what I want you to understand, is that Job persevered.
We have two choices, to give up or to thrive. I am not ready to give up the battle. Are you?
How can we persevere?
Your story, your life is hard same as mine. I know because you have shared things with me, and I hold them with sacredness in my heart. The daily pain, the layers that get heaped one atop another until you feel as if you cannot go on. But you must.
By going to the well of Living Water.
In chapter four of John’s Gospel, Jesus, worn out from his journey was resting by a well. As Jesus is relaxing, a Samaritan woman comes to draw water from the well. To her surprise, Jesus asks her for a drink. The Samaritan woman expresses her doubts to Jesus, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” John 4:9 (CSB)
Jesus goes on to tell this woman about Living Water with these words:
“Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again.But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.” John 4:13&14
Living Water from Jesus, gives us the strength to persevere. However, we must drink His Living Water. By daily dying to self, and going to the well of Living Water, there is refreshment and nourishing.
When we are nourished and thriving, we are not wasting our days wasting away. We have hope, joy, and peace.
How can we finish strong in our perseverance?
“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.” Hebrews 12:1&2 (CSB)
By keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source of Living Water, we will finish strong.
According to dictionary.com, “Endurance is a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. A state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.”
I want to live in a state of grace, leading to eternal salvation. Do you?
May we run with a steady persistence in spite of our difficulties, in spite of the hard edges of life.
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