So much can come against us as we serve the Lord. How are we supposed to persevere? To be sure, some people will outwardly keep going by sheer will, perhaps feeling too guilty or ashamed to quit. But, inwardly they’ve given in to the frustration and despair. God, however, wants so much more for us as His servants. He instructs us, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:11-12).
To Persevere in Serving We Need the Right Source to Sustain and Strengthen Us
Only an eternal, omnipresent God will always be there. Only a great and almighty God will be strong enough to uphold and deliver us. Only a faithful God will stay true to us, even when we’re faithless (2 Tim. 2:13). Only a holy God can be trusted to be right all the time. Only a sovereign, omniscient God can give us the perspective we need.
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We can look at Moses of the Old Testament for an example. God called him to lead an impatient and stubborn group of people through the harsh conditions of a wilderness journey. Though wanting to give up on numerous occasions, we read that “he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27). This is the kind of faith we need to persevere, not one that looks only at what we can see but one that focuses on our invisible yet very powerful and compassionate God.
Finding Ministry Perseverance in God
If we’re going to persevere, we must look to God for what we need — perspective, peace, encouragement, big picture, joy. Only when we let go and let God provide what we need, will we truly persevere, not just outwardly but inwardly as well.
- We must release our own expectations and look to God for the perspective we need.
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- We must relinquish our need to strive to persevere and pull on the means God put in place to encourage us.
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- We must refuse to cave in to our own narrow-minded views and focus on God’s big picture.
- We must reject our own illusion of a right to happiness and accept God’s offer of true joy that’s not based on circumstances or other people.