I was watching the ladies’ Winter Olympic event Biathalon the other day on TV. The event combines cross-country skiing, one of the most grueling events, with sharpshooting rifles. They have to ski several kilometers and then stop and shoot at a tiny target 50 meters away, all in freezing weather. I was impressed by their endurance and found myself shouting for them at the finish. Sometimes life seems like that kind of race. God sees your perseverance, and He is cheering for you to finish the race.
“I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.”
Words of Encouragement
Chapters two and three of Revelation are letters written to seven churches that the Apostle John oversaw in the Mediterranean area known as Turkey today. The first letter, which includes the verse above, goes to the church of Ephesus, by far the biggest of all the churches on the list. John is telling them that Jesus sees them enduring patiently and holding fast for Jesus’ sake. Those words had to be a salve to their souls and deep encouragement to the weary troops. They were standing for the truth, and no one noticed except God.
You may feel worn down and like it’s not worth it going on but take heed to Jesus’s words. He sees your faithfulness and how you stand for Him. It hasn’t gone unnoticed, and He wants you to keep going, to finish the race. At times it may seem impossible and not worth it. Don’t be discouraged; it is. You have a reward waiting for you in heaven that supersedes anything earth has to offer. Keep going forward.
God Sees Your Perseverance
Ephesus didn’t have it all together. John gets on their case for leaving their first love, Jesus. It’s okay; you don’t have it all together either. God’s sanctification process can right the ship and get you going in the right direction. Don’t give up because you are comparing yourself to others. You can only see what is on the surface. God sees your heart, and He is pleased with you. If you fall, pick yourself up and keep walking. If you are headed in the wrong direction, repent of your sins and let Jesus clean you up. Keep fighting the good fight.