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Staying With It

Staying With It

08 October 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezra 9-10; Psalm 131; Luke 21

Scripture:

19 Staying with it—that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved. 34 “But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap,” (Luke 21:19, 34 MSG)

“Staying with it – that’s what is required.” Staying with it – that’s what is hard! It’s relatively easy to get stirred up and passionate about things. I can get stirred up and make a commitment to exercise regularly, to clear off my desk every couple of days, to stay in touch better with family and friends, to clean out the garage and keep my workbench orderly. It’s not hard to get stirred up. It’s not hard to make commitments to and about what I believe really matters. The hard part is staying with it!

There’s nothing wrong with soul-stirring moments and passionate commitments to make necessary changes or to tackle new challenges. Thank God for the stirrings and the commitments. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve got to build in some disciplines and some accountability to keep you going when your soul isn’t stirred to carry through the difficult process and when the passion you felt is gone and you just want to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep!

Jesus said, “Stay with it to the end.” That’s the other hard part – to the end! He didn’t tell us when the end is. If it was “Stay with it for one year” or even “Stay with it for ten years, or twenty years” that would at least give a specific goal to count down.

“Stay with it to the end. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled.” Life is lived a day, an hour, a minute at a time. It’s easy to let the sharp edge of my expectation get dulled and to lose the passion in the “everydayness” of life. So bear with me once again as I remind us of the important elements of staying with it and staying sharp and clear: Personal spiritual disciplines in prayer, worship, and God’s word; accountable and mutually encouraging relationships with fellow followers; and faith – simple faith that grows into deep and settled trust.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for today’s reminder in Jesus’ words to stay with it, to keep the edge sharp, and to live forward in expectation of eternity. It’s not easy, but I’m thinking better right now, having read these words and thought these thoughts.

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