A Call For Perseverance


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 15-18; Hebrews 10

Today’s Key Passage – Hebrews 10:32-39

 

At the time of this writing, Emmitt Smith is the National Football League’s all-time leading rusher.  Over the course of fifteen seasons as a running back, he rushed for 18,355 yards – the equivalent of almost 10.5 miles.  As would be expected, most of his professional statistics are impressive.  He scored a total of 175 touchdowns and only fumbled the ball 61 times.  Perhaps the most interesting statistic is his average yards per carry.  During his fifteen year, 10.5 mile journey into history, he was knocked down every 4.2 yards.  The reason Emmitt Smith will forever be considered one of the greatest running backs to ever play is because each time he got knocked down – all 4409 of them – he got back up and kept going.  He could have quit at any time, but instead he decided to keep running until he reached his goal.

In today’s key passage, the author of Hebrews is asking his readers to persevere.  He knew that his readers were on the verge of leaving the faith.  These new Christians were considering turning their backs on Christ and returning to their Jewish traditions.  The author asks them to remember how they felt when they were first saved. (Vs. 32)  He reminds them of all the times they stood firm in their faith even when facing insults and persecution. (Vs. 33)  He asks them to persevere through their current struggles, knowing that they will one day receive the promises of God. (Vs. 36)

Our walk with Christ is a long one.  As we live for Him daily, we must always remember that the Christian life is a marathon.  We are going to face some hard times, and even the best among us are going to be knocked down from time to time.  The true test of our faith lies in how we react when we are knocked down.  We can choose to quit.  We can choose to turn our backs on God and go back to living our lives filled with sin, or we can choose to get back up.  The important thing to remember is that we cannot persevere on our own.  When we try to endure hardships in our own strength, it is likely to only get worse.  Fortunately, because we have Christ living inside of us, we do not have to try to persevere in our own strength.  His strength will pick us up when we are knocked down.  His strength will allow us to keep going.  When the road seems too tough for you to continue, remember the words of Jesus when He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)  Christ will help you carry whatever weight you have to bear, and the knowledge of your certain salvation will help you get back up and keep going.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on July 13, 2013, in 19 - Hebrews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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