“The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy [2:11]-13
Although we may suffer great hardships in our life here on earth, God’s promise remains true—those who are “in Christ” will live eternally with Him.
As the Apostle Paul was nearing the end of his life, as he wrote a letter to his understudy, Timothy. In his correspondence, he penned the words of today’s text. These words must have been a balm to his soul. Paul faced many hardships but seemingly never turned away from them because he knew the blessed inheritance of reigning with Christ would be worth the suffering.
When reading Scriptures like these, I’m often reminded of high-level athletics. These men and women are at the top of their sport, typically the most physically gifted athletes on the planet. However, there is almost always a point where pure gifting is not enough to win the prize. They must endure the hardship of offseason workouts, early-morning conditioning, and hours spent watching fame film, etc. These tasks are difficult, they require endurance, but the ultimate prize of a championship is worth it.
If you are facing difficulty for the sake of Christ—do not give up! Take this call to endure—to die to self, to overcome hardship, to identify with Christ—and walk in faithfulness. The end will justify the journey!
Father, help me to persevere in the face or hardships and adversity. Please provide me strength that I need to endure with Christ. Amen.
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