Endurance in Commitment to God’s Calling
If you only view your difficult trials as the way to claim victim status, you will miss the higher purposes God intends and determines for your life. Insightfully, Paul tells us to rejoice in sufferings, James instructs us to count it all joy, and Peter encourages us to express joy even though we might suffer for a little while. God calls each believer to minister out of the relationship He provides, and then equips us to accomplish the work He determines. Most often, the Lord prepares us by allowing us to grasp, through suffering, our inadequacy so we can learn to trust His sufficiency. Therefore, whenever God calls us, He will also enable our ministry to flourish, according to His determination, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, endurance is the result of God’s resources as we lean entirely on Him and not ourselves.
Luke ends his account in Acts, concerning the Gospel proclamation as it spread from Jerusalem all the way to Rome, on a very positive note. Paul is under house arrest with chains, yet the preaching of the Kingdom of God and the impact of Jesus Christ go forward boldly and without hindrance. Paul cared very little about his safety in comparison to his passion and concern over the message of Jesus Christ going into the world. His relationship with Christ meant everything to him, and out of that relationship, he continually preached Jesus Christ.
To be as Paul was, except for his chains, we need to learn from his life regarding our enduring until the end. Here are three steps to help us to keep going strong.
- Strive to reflect Christ in your living – Acts 28:17-21
- Sharpen your message with convincing conviction – Acts 28:22-28
- Steadfast in declaring Jesus Christ consistently – Acts 28:30-31
- Grow in knowing your source of life – 2 Cor. 4:7
- Respond to life’s challenges under the power of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor. 2:4-5
- Celebrate the victory; He already won – 2 Tim. 4:17-18