Perseverance

I’m back from vacation and back in the saddle. I do want to say that these next few weeks will be a bit more muted with the devotional as the Reflections class has nearly caught up with my (slow) writing. In any case, let’s get your family together and continue our journey through the Westminster Confession (for this devotion, you will need your Bible):

Let’s see who can persevere the longest. When I was in elementary school we had to do a drill in gym class called “Six inches.” In this drill, we had to lay down on our backs, but raise our unbent legs six inches (from our feet to the ground) off the ground and hold them in that position for as long as we could. Let’s see who can hold them out the longest! If you have better core strength, you will be able to do it even longer. Sometimes some of the littlest kids are the best at this because the ratio of their core strength to the weight of their feet is in their favor! (This might make a great opportunity for your littlest ones to outlast the older ones!) Now let’s see if you can hold it for 60 seconds!

Was it hard to endure the “Six Inches” drill? In your mind, did you start looking forward to the moment you could put your legs down and rest? Did you start to think how silly this whole exercise was and start to justify how easy it would be just to give up? What kept you going? The idea of the reaching your goal! The Christian life is very similar. God promises that His people will persevere to the end (Philippians 1:6). God will finish the work that He starts!

Let’s start by reading Hebrews 10:32-39 together. The writer of Hebrews is writing to a people that faced very difficult days. In fact, they were given the option of walking away from Jesus or being thrown out of their communities. Many of them were thrown in prison for following Jesus and their property was confiscated from them. They are being urged to endure through the pain, because the goal in mind – life with Jesus – is better than property, better than freedom, and better than a good name.

If you don’t persevere then you don’t have the Spirit who gives us the ability to endure! He is the one who is doing the good work in us (Philippians 1:6) to make us more like Jesus. But hear how the Spirit of Jesus closes out the section in vs. 39: “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” If you are united to Jesus in faith then you will persevere because you have the Spirit of God who works in us to make us like Jesus. And God has never in the history of the universe left anything unfinished. He finishes what He starts.

Let us encourage one another in our persevering in the faith. We are going to need it.

Reaction Activity

  • Let’s sing He Will Hold Me Fast together again as a family.
  • Let’s ask the Lord to hold us fast. Let’s thank Him that though our love grows cold, He is stronger than our hearts.
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