This week is part two, of the three part series, “Three Ways to Run the Race and Finish Strong”. Last week, FirstCov’er Melissa Falde wrote about, “When Vigilance Brings Victory” and how to avoid being a target for the enemy. This week, she continues to explore ways to apply God’s truths in our daily lives.
Let's start with a prayer, that God will use what we read here and multiply it for our good and His glory. Let’s pray:
Father God, thank You for Your Word of the Bible. Open our eyes as we read Your truths, open our minds to discern what You want us to know, and open our hearts to be willing to feel the love You have for us. We ask these things in Jesus’ most beautiful name. Amen.
Does the word endurance make you flinch? Does it sound like an exhausting encounter with a looming battle to overcome?
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
Maybe this word endurance comes to mind with memories of where you’ve fallen short. Perhaps it’s a word you often tend to skip over in scripture, like the one above.
What if I told you that the Latin root of “dur” means hard? Does that change your opinion or even further drive home the distaste for that word?
I could go on to tell you that one website writes that:
“if you can endure a trial, you are “hard” enough to withstand its challenges.”
What if we want to endure this life, but not turn into hardened, stone-hearted humans? Is there a way to keep the pace in life and maintain a loving, servant’s heart?
The bible illustrates that we were never meant to endure this life alone. In walking alongside God, we find that it is Him who is the force who fights for us.
2. From Endurance to Eternity
A few years ago, Barna Research performed a study that surveyed lifestyles, priorities, and time commitments of Christian women.
What did they find?
- More than half (53 percent) of Christian women said their highest priority in life is family; only 16 percent said it was their faith.
- Likewise, 62 percent said their most important role in life is being a mother; only 13 percent said it was a follower of Christ.
Are well-intentioned Christian women serving their families and communities with the sequence of priorities out of alignment? Would we see a vast difference in our homes and hearts if we listed priorities like this (men can insert the appropriate terms):
- Daughter of the King
Would we wake up to a new perspective of handing our day over to Christ, instead of heaving ourselves out into the wilderness of this world?
"God, use me how You see fit today. I am all Yours. Mold me and shape me into who You want me to be. Have Your breath carry me through the day and have Your will be done - not mine."
It's a bold move to step out like that. But perhaps our steps would then be more intentional and more purposeful.
Colossians 1:11-12 says, “being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father..”
When these verses are unpacked, here are the treasures I see:
The strength God gives us a magnificent force direct from Him. Which means, His strength gives us VIP access to the stamina to run this long and weary race.
There is no way we could do this on our own, we need the supernatural power from God to finish it, and finish it well. True victory is found in our eternal salvation, given to us from the death of our Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul confirmed this in 2 Timothy 2:10, saying, “Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” Paul later writes in verse 11, that “if we endure, we will also reign with Him.”
Knowing that we are strengthened with the power of God, not by our own might, we are given enough to endure this life. And when we keep our eyes on the "prize", the ultimate prize of spending eternity with Jesus, we are bound to be victorious!
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We'd love to hear ways that you have overcome hurdles and how you kept your faith in the center of your life in the day to day grind.
Take it to the comments for a conversation!