But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Being persecuted, we endure.
Indeed we count them blessed who endure.
If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.
Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross...
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, a state of endurance (a.k.a. persistence, perseverance, diligence and patient continuance) is central to receiving God's rewards. 'For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised' (Hebrews 10:36).*
Compared to Christians in other countries, Americans have far less to endure. Perhaps because we've been idling around, perhaps because people need adventure, perhaps because we're too scared to seek it, we've focused our action-calls in two ways:
1) We decide to live vicariously through media's phony stars and stories. So we become watchers--and not doers.
2) We dramatize petty situations and imagine our molehills are mountains. So we stomp on our sand piles in complaint.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Some of you have endured dreadful things; maybe not persecution for Christ, but other forms of painful attack. Many times you felt like giving up, like moving on wasn't possible. But you thought of Christ and continued, so He brought you to a better place. If so, tell other hurting people your own stories of perseverance--and how a merciful God helped you.
Others of you have lived sheltered lives. Privilege or protective parents flattened mountains you were meant to climb, keeping you as babies in the Lord. But God spurred you to grow up and out: to scale the intimidating hills of the entertainment industry. So don't quit in childish frustration when your definition of success doesn't come quickly or easily, because God is watching you closely.
If you endure, great blessings will come.
To Be Continued...
* Hebrews 10:19-39: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=heb10%3A19-39&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.