october 3, 2013

 

Sometimes it seems hard to keep going, to keep doing. We want to rest. We crave inertia. And yet the demands of school, jobs, family, and service still beckon. Jesus beckons as well, “Come, follow me.” (Matthew 4:19) How do we continue to keep on keeping on? How do we deny ourselves, take up our cross/our burdens, and follow Jesus daily? (Luke 9:23)

Walt Disney told his workers when facing a difficult task to “keep moving forward.” Seattle Slew was reported to have “told” his owner Mickey Taylor, “You get on with your life.” Larry the Cable Guy simply quips, “Git R’ Done.”

As followers of Jesus, we have the power of perseverance – the ability through God to keep moving forward. No matter the task before us or the seemingly overwhelming odds, God is with us. He has not given us more than we can handle. He gives us the strength to overcome any temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), even the temptation to quit. That paper can be written, that class can be finished, that relationship can be mended, and that deadline can be met. We can persevere and succeed through Christ.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:1-8)

Faith produces glory in suffering and trials. Suffering & trials produces perseverance – perseverance produces character – character produces hope. It all begins with faith in Jesus. If you are having a difficult time keeping up or moving forward, start by expressing your faith in Jesus and committing your life to Him completely. He can give you the strength and hope to keep moving forward.

May Christ bless you and strengthen you as you accomplish the work set before you,

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance