The Christian life is a life-long adventure. It’s a sustained journey ‘ a walk of faith. There will be times when you grow weary, times when you want to throw in the towel. You’ll experience pain, fear, and suffering. You’ll win some battles but lose others. You’ll get discouraged when you don’t see the progress you’d like, despite your diligence. But if you persevere through it all, you’ll be victorious.
The apostle Paul wrote to his young friend, Timothy, and his words provide great illustrations about perseverance. ‘Endure suffering along with me,’ said Paul, ‘as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize. Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor’.
What do these words mean to you? As a soldier, you’re in a war you can win only if you aren’t distracted from the battle you enlisted to fight. Like trained and skilled athletes, you must be disciplined; there is no cheating and no cutting corners. And like farmers, you must do your work in every season, then wait patiently to reap the benefits of your labor.