Dedicated to the Glory of God Amighty and the Lord Jesus Christ

Dedicated to the Glory of God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TO LIVE A LIFE PLEASING TO GOD WE MUST ENDURE WITH PATIENCE

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:9-10).

When you read Scripture, you cannot help but notice that God places a great deal of value on endurance. It is not enough to start well, God wants us to finish well, also.

In one of the last letters Paul wrote, he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). In another letter, he encouraged us by saying, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

God places great value on the ability to endure, but let’s not lose sight of from where the ability to endure comes. There's only one way we can endure: if we are, in Paul’s words in Colossians 1:9, filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Here’s the bottom line: If you try to live your life in your own power, you will probably fail. But, if you yield yourself to God, he will fill you with his strength and power, and give you the ability to endure.

There is a story about a little boy who was trying to fix his bicycle, and he wasn’t having much success at it. He tried and he tried, and he failed again and again. Finally, in frustration, he threw down his tools and said to his father, “I give up. I’ve done everything that I can, but I just can’t fix my bike.”

His father said, “Have you asked for my help?”

The boy said, “No.”

The dad said, “Then you haven’t done everything you can do.”

God wants us to endure till the end, but the only way that can be done is trusting him to strengthen us according to his might – not our own. And how do you receive his power? Just like the little boy who needed help with the bicycle, you ask. It pleases God when we trust Him. It pleases God when we depend on Him. It pleases God when we turn to Him as our only source of strength.

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