The Value of Persistence

It’s no coincidence that so many books of the New Testament contain verses encouraging us to stay faithful in difficult times. Persistence is an essential characteristic for anyone who wants to succeed in the Christian life.

Rarely a month goes by that I don’t talk to someone who’s ready to throw in the towel on some aspect of their calling.

Sometimes it’s a volunteer weary of the extra work that comes with being a leader.

Sometimes it’s a pastor weary of not seeing measurable results.

Sometimes it’s a believer weary of the struggle to live a holy life.

This is what Paul referred to in the book of Galatians…

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap of harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

The season between sowing and reaping can sometimes be long. It can also be hot, dry and difficult. There are times for each of us when saying, “I quit” seems like the most attractive option.

During these times, we’ve got to remember the words of Scripture.

• Remember how Peter qualified trials with the phrase “for a little while.”

• Remember how James promised the crown of life to those who have stood the test.

•  And remember Paul’s words about the harvest: it will come in at the proper time, if we do not give up.

Walt Disney once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” That’s good business advice, and his success proves it.

It’s even better spiritual advice. In this sense, the “hell” we go through is temporary; God’s abundant blessings are waiting on the other side.

Keep going, then.