You Can Work Well - Day 4

OPENING PRAYER:

Lord, help me face whatever comes my way today. Help me have the faith to be the person you aspire for me to be. I want to represent you well in all I do and say. Amen.

 

READ:  Titus 2:13-15a

“We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. You must teach these things and encourage the believers to do them.” (New Living Translation)

 

REFLECT:

From Christians in the first century church to those of us who follow Christ today, staying the course is a common problem. Perseverance is addressed by multiple New Testament writers.  For early Christians the trials, persecution and daily threats to their personal well-being made some question staying the course. Today, disciples struggle with the need for instant gratification and the misperception that being a Christian is supposed to be easy.

The following words from Don’t Quit, a poem by Kurt Welton remind us to stay the course:

“Life is queer with its twists and turns. As every one of us sometimes learns, many a fellow turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out. Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.  Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man; often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor’s cup; and he learned too late when the night came down, how close he was to the golden crown.”

 

APPLY:

We may not see quick results as we live out our call to represent Christ well and do the good works God has prepared for us to do. Neither are we guaranteed that we will receive earthly recognition and rewards. We stay the course because of our calling and desire to glorify our Savior.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

Holy Spirit, strengthen me for whatever this day may bring. Help me not to give up. Keep me steady in my walk with Jesus and let my life be a testimony to his faithfulness.  Amen.

Terry Schneider