walk in the word
Faith, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
A couple years ago, my son Luke and I were on the computer, getting him signed up for something online. At a prompt in the sign-up process, it asked for a password. Luke said, “Keep on.” I told him that was a great password. He said, “Oh, Dad, that’s my password for everything.”
Keep on. Keep on. Keep on.
For sure, he’ll change his password now that I’m telling it to you all, but I hope he’ll never change his perspective. At the time, he had no idea how critical those two words are to success in the Christian life. The biblical word is endurance or perseverance—the ability to keep on doing the things you have committed yourself to doing when you feel like it and when you don’t feel like it. Nothing is more essential to success than endurance. Faith gets you started; perseverance keeps you going.
This matter of endurance is so critical to the Christian life that James 1 tells us that above all other human traits, this is the characteristic that God is trying to build into your life and mine. Perseverance. Keep on going. Keep making and keeping the commitments of life.
James 1:2-3 also says that God uses trials to teach us perseverance. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (some translations say endurance or patience). The Greek is hupomeno, staying power; the ability to remain under pressure.
What do you do when the pressure is on? All kinds of people get up in the morning, put on their jogging suit, and start the race. But the test comes when the miles click past and the muscles start to fatigue. What do they do then?
It’s easy to put on a white dress or rent a tuxedo and get to the front of the church, but to have a happening marriage—not for 5, but for 25 or 40 years—that takes perseverance.
It’s easy to conceive a child and, by comparison, to give birth, but to keep on training those kids day in and day out, following through on what you have said and taught—that takes commitment!
Might I say in addition to that, it’s easy to pray a prayer, it’s easy to walk an aisle, it’s easy to confess faith in Christ, but to keep following Him when the pressure is on—that takes staying power. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Did you know that if God could get that one thing into your life, He could give you everything else? James goes on to say, “Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (1:4).
This week we stand on the hinge between 2006 and 2007. How will these two years mark your life? Look back on 2006. If your year was like mine, you can see some pretty significant peaks and valleys. Praise God for them. Praise God that at this year’s end, you can stand before Him in faith and humility and say, “No matter what is behind me, I press on . . .”
Now look ahead. You can’t know what 2007 will bring, but you can be sure that God’s mercies will be new every morning. Start each day with fresh faith in Him and a commitment to perseverance. Keep on—it’s your password for 2007.
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