Persevering When Faced with Obstacles

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

What the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:58 is a clear message of motivation. Many people never reach the goals they have set for lack of motivation. Some say that their leaders do not motivate them. Others, despite having excellent leaders prefer not to listen to them and keep doing what they think no matter what they do not get results. But the bottom of the motivation is the lack of a reason to go forward to reach the goal.

In history there are many examples of people who have succeeded thanks to their perseverance. Abraham Lincoln considered the best President of the United States failed as a soldier, businessman and politician before finally winning the presidency. Thomas Edison made more than a thousand failed attempts before inventing the electric light bulb.

Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken the world’s largest fried chicken restaurant chain, broke at age 65. At that age he traveled across America, visiting more than 2,000 restaurants that rejected his recipe for fried chicken until finally managed to consolidate one of the most successful franchises worldwide.

Perseverance is a necessary virtue in the spiritual world in the same way it is in the natural. In the parable of the sower it is that perseverance is allowing fruits are met. In Luke 8:15 we read: But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. Who lacks perseverance never produce fruit.

The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 24:13: But he who endures to the end shall be saved. In the last days many will throw in the towel of faith facing the trials. Only those that are persistent remain, bear fruit and be saved. In the message to the seven churches of Revelation, the persevering are identified as winners and all of them are given wonderful promises, among them: they shall eat of the tree of life (Revelation 2: 7); will not be harmed by the second death (Revelation 2:11); they will have a new name (Revelation 2:17); authority over the nations (Revelation 2:26); his name not be blotted out of the book of life (Revelation 3: 5); they will be pillars in the temple of God (Revelation 3:12) and they will sit with the Lord on His throne (Revelation 3:21)

In our Christian walk, as in life, we will have many obstacles, many tests. But remain steadfast and firm in faith brings eternal rewards. Therefore, we do not lose focus on the Lord and be persistent. After all there is no better leader than Him. That perseverance is our best work ethic in expanding the Kingdom of God. God has promised to keep peace to those who persevere and believe in him: The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
because he trusts in You
(Isaiah 26:3). God bless you.


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