With only 10 days left before I leave this country, I am aim to finish well, not strong.
If I am honest, which I hope to be, the last few weeks at times have felt like an uphill struggle, or as if I am paddling against the current. And we all know that you move alot quicker when there are not obstacles in your past.
Hebrews 12:1-3 says,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I love this passage, not because it makes me feel that this Christian life will be easy, but specifically because it doesn’t.
Perseverance means “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”
Endurance means “the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.”
It is encouraging to me that this Christian walk takes perseverance and that we must endure just as Christ endured the cross.
How miniscule is my season of pruning in comparison to the cross of Christ!
Both perseverance and endurance entail not giving up. Sometimes the hinderances and the sin that so easily entangles is the daunting task of finishing at all. But we are called to persevere. It might be a beaten and bloody crawl to the finish, but when you finish, you have done it.
I believe that sometimes running the race more involves the ability to endure than the ability to finish first or strong. I think it’s giving it your all even when your all is simply that mustard seed of faith. If that is all you have left, glorify God with the mustard seed and watch him move a mountain.
Sometimes finishing well means finishing in a way that honors God, not necessarily a way that is the most aesthetically pleasing, or makes others feel the most comfortable.
Sometimes it isn’t running as fast as you can–it means walking, or crawling, or even being carried by the faith of your friends.
Nonetheless, it is filled with grace. Grace for today. Grace for tomorrow. I’ve found the beauty of abiding in grace.
“For from his fullness we have received, grace upon grace.”–John 1:16
Amen. I am thankful for that truth.
-A World Changer