Wednesday 25 Apr 2018
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John 6:48

I am the bread of life.

 

A call to endure!

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3.

It is not unusual for us as believers to encounter discouragement and weariness of the soul in the course of our faith walk. It could be due to a number of factors. Take the case of Elijah, the Prophet he got to a point where he felt that he was the only one left standing to uphold the true faith, others he felt had either been killed or had gone the way of Baal. We can easily relate to this especially in our world today where secularism and atheism appear to have taken over while the matters of faith are being relegated to the background. Professing faith today draws suspicion and those who do so are viewed as being emotionally unstable, they are seen as weaklings who waste their time on superstitious beliefs.

Many on the other hand have become weary of doing good, their reasons stemming from past experiences either directly related or in reference to incidents happening around them. Such can point to acts of good that were done in the past but were met with ungratefulness, they can recall stories of being used and dumped, doing so with such bitterness and anger, blaming it all on their faith which made them vulnerable.

I have met people in the church who have grown cynical of the things of the faith especially the acts of goodness which it demands of them, their love having grown cold, afraid to exercise their faith in any shape or manner, but simply coasting along just contented with being religious. This they do forgetting that the just shall live by faith, while religion brings nothing but death. Although they claim to have life within, it is visible to all around them, that this life has since been snuffed out. It was snuffed out the very moment they decided to stop living by faith for fear of what it prompts and demands of them.

Hence the scripture points us to Christ, the one who is the author and finisher of our faith, saying to us, consider him who endured. Perhaps we need to pause for a minute and from whatever we can remember from our bible classes or studies, meditate and reflect on what he endured in the course of submitting his will to the Father. We need to pause and reflect what he suffered here on earth, in the hands of those he loved and came to save.. We would see that he endured enough from the hands of men, he endured enough ridicule, insult and unbelief to make him angry and to contemplate giving up às well as become frustrated and bitter with the world. But no he did not, and from the one who endured so much came life, from the one who suffered so much came life giving virtue, that touched and impacted the lives of many through the years.

There is a reason why the story of rags to riches continues to attract our attention, there is a reason why those who have endured immense persecution, hardship and abuse but survived its hurt and pain always get the admiration of the people in addition to having massive influence upon them.....You see, there is something deep within a man which enduring faith in God brings out both for his own immediate benefit and that of the people around him.....what you are going through is not an exception, there is a testimony coming from you, if only you can abide and endure to the very end.

1 Peter 1:18-19
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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