Day 14 Staying the Course

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 

-Philippians 3:14

Perseverance has to be one of the most underrated of all character qualities. But, in my opinion it is very difficult to live the Christian life without adopting a “long view” to living. We must live beyond the moment. We must not allow our CURRENT circumstances to dictate our outlook on TODAY. We cannot allow today’s delays to determine our decisions.

We live in a microwave world with a pretty short attentions span and a pretty low tolerance for delay or pain. And yet, in the Bible, people overcame tremendous obstacles and endured tremendous hardship. Why? Because they were able to take the long view. They knew that their CURRENT hardships would be worth it when they arrived at their destination. What is the destination? Heaven. God’s calling.

William Carey was a missionary in India, considered the founder of the modern missionary movement. There are at least 9 colleges that have been named after him, an entire missionary movement was modeled after his achievements, looking from where we are TODAY on him back then…no one would argue that he wasn’t a successful man of God.

Yet, he labored for 7 years in India before he ever saw ONE person decide to follow Jesus. What if William Carey gave up after 1 year, or 2 years, or three…or even 6? Countless thousands would not be followers of Jesus today.

As a church, we are on a significant journey to expand our impact on a community that needs Jesus. Increasing our capacity and increasing our effectiveness and eliminating some obstacles to people coming to Believers is no small task. We will no doubt experience some hardships. We will probably hit some delays. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few things between now and then that we will wish didn’t occur.

But, when we arrive, and we see what God has done through us…we will be grateful we persevered. We will be grateful that we kept our eyes on the prize.

For reflection:

In what areas of your life are you struggling right now or considering giving up in? How might things change, or how might God be glorified if you persevere?

As you pray and give towards NJAB, what great things are in front of us? Hang on to these thoughts to motivate you when discouraged.