Endure in Faith
One of my favorite Bible verses growing up was Romans 12:12, "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
One reason that I liked it so much was probably because it was short and easy to remember. When I reflect on this passage, though, there is so much in this little verse.
Paul says be joyful in hope. In Jesus you have true hope: hope for eternal life, hope for a day better than today, hope for a brighter tomorrow, hope for healing. Since you have hope, Paul says be joyful in it. When things are hard, I think it is hard to be joyful. But here we find that if we can locate our hope in Jesus, we can still experience joy hoping in the full salvation of Jesus.
Then he writes, be "patient in affliction." We could say, show endurance in your suffering. Endurance for the sake of endurance is not a virtue; however, you can display endurance because Jesus gives you hope out of your suffering.
Finally, Paul says be "faithful in prayer." Prayer is that thing that keeps you connected to the God who brings you hope. In all circumstances, keep in constant prayer. In your times of suffering or discomfort, pray. This prayer can open your heart, help you endure, and connect you to the hope in Christ Jesus.
This week, I want to encourage you to keep focused on this endurance in faith. To help you in this faith work, I've prepared a daily devotion. Click HERE to download the devotional.
One of the things that has really come over me is that I miss seeing your face and the faces of our congregation. I miss our time together. I miss the parking lot conversations. I miss singing together.
In a few days, I will be sending some additional information about a new spiritual growth opportunity. It is an opportunity that I hope will truly bless you and also be an opportunity for us to get a chance to see each other. As I am preparing for this, please take our spiritual growth survey, if you haven't already done so.
This survey will help me in planning for our new opportunity for connecting with God and one another. Click HERE to take it now; it will only take 5 minutes.
I am praying for you, please pray for me.