Most people don’t know the thrill of success because they stop short of finishing what they started. Many people have given up on following Jesus because things got difficult. Jesus never promised that following him would be easy, but he did say that if we finished, we would receive the reward. When life gets difficult one of the most important things we can do is to continue in the faith.
When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Paul had an incredible ministry. He traveled the Mediterranean area preaching the Gospel and making disciples. He would often double back to where he had been previously to encourage and strengthen the disciples he had made. Many of them were struggling with persecution and the trials of life. Paul would assure them that those were normal. His encouragement was to continue in the faith.
Continue in the Faith
We can’t control most of what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it. I wish I could get this lesson down, but I have to be reminded over and over. Paul would understand the challenges of life we were going through, and he would tell us to continue in the faith. There is something to be said about consistency in our faith. Getting up every day and following Jesus produces results. Some days will be good, others will be a struggle, but if we continue in the faith, we will overcome.
On the Right Track
Tribulations are a necessary part of our faith. If you thought following Jesus would make everything more comfortable in life you were fed a bunch of lies. Jesus gives us everything we need for the journey, but that doesn’t mean he removes all the difficult stuff. If you experience tribulations that means you are on the right track. Continue in the faith and watch as God shows how faithful he is to us.