A Thought For Your Christian Journey:
Firm Unto The End
For every house is builded by some
man; but he that built all
things is God.
5 And Moses verily
was faithful in all his house,
as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6 But Christ as a son over his own
house; whose house are we, if we hold
fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
It is a curious thing that an avalanche starts with just a
relatively small impact. Perhaps a
loose rock falls on a precarious pile of mud and debris or a fragile collection
of snow is just touched and the impact fractures some frail support.
Once the threshold is broken an avalanche quickly follows and the results
are often devastating for anything in its path.
This natural phenomenon is representative of our physical
and spiritual lives as well. It
seems that things are going along nicely, when one problem after another begin
to build a pile of potentially devastating debris that seems to rest upon a
frail support. Then, there it is, a
piece of straw, floating on the wind, guided by our adversary, seeking to land
in that precarious place that will break it all free, and an avalanche of
trouble quickly follows. We all
know, all too well, that these avalanches can be devastating.
These can occur in the Church as well.
Some Sunday School worker, or Children’s worker labor’s all week to
prepare a lesson that will mold and shape the lives of their anticipated
students, then when the day of sacred service arrives the teacher’s students are
not there. An avalanche of despair
can follow. They might wonder, “Why
did I spend all of this time preparing for only one student?
What’s the point?” Then the
discouraged worker is drawn away and doesn’t show up the following week, when a
spiritually younger Christians shows up with their child, and is discourage
because there is no children’s worker to work with their child.
What follows is nothing less than an avalanche of discouragement and
despair for the body of Christ.
This is just one possible scenario among many that might cause such an avalanche
within the Kingdom of our Lord.
What are good Christian folks to do when circumstances at
home, in the Church, and in life have caused an avalanche of despair?
First, know with all assurance that your Heavenly Father loves you, knows
all about your situation, and is faithfully present to comfort and help you.
Second, determine now, before the avalanche occurs that you will
rejoice and be firm unto the end.
Don’t let this avalanche cause you to falter in your heart and fail in
your service. Often your greatest
sources of joy immediately follow just such an avalanche.
Third, be faithful to the end.
Recognize that life is full of surprises and struggles.
Faithfulness in service toward our Lord and others, especially in the
face of struggles is the true mark of a spiritual giant in our Lord’s kingdom.
Let us be firm unto the end.
May 1, 2007
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