But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. – Matthew 24:13
The disciples wanted to know how and when Jesus would claim victory over the world (and, to be precise, Rome). They had heard Him speak of suffering, death, burial, and a resurrection, but they were looking for triumph, safety, thrones, and peace. Jesus frankly explained that the only path to His victory was endurance. These first followers must have thought, “Where’s the hope in that message?”
Jesus said that in this world, we will have trouble, but He also said that we should be encouraged because He has overcome this world. We endure, therefore, not to receive Christ’s reward, but because the reward already lies within those of us who belong to Him. Endurance is not the believer’s test. Rather, it is the proof of our faith and the Lord’s abiding presence.
We do not “will” ourselves into endurance. We endure because we are indeed inhabited by the Eternal.
By perseverance, the snail reached the ark. – Charles Spurgeon
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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