Nothing is more essential to success in the Christian life than perseverance. It’s the ingredient you have to have. Faith gets you started; perseverance keeps you going.
Jesus said, “He who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13). That ought to cause us some concern. He who endures to the end will be saved—not he who starts well, but he who finishes well. Jesus is not saying that we are saved by enduring, but what He is saying is that those who are truly saved do, in fact, endure.
This is so critical to the Christian life that James 1 tells us perseverance, above all other human traits, is the characteristic God is trying to build into your life and mine. Perseverance. Keep on going on. Keep making and keeping the commitments of life. “My brothers, consider it pure joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the trial of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2-3).
So here’s the question: What do you do when the pressure is on? It’s easy to start the race. But when the miles have been clicking past, and the muscles are starting to fatigue, and being a leader isn’t easy anymore, what do you do? You do what Paul did—”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
Commit yourself afresh to persevering to the end.