Pr. 27: 18: “Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master will be honored.”
A workout buddy of mine once gave me some advice that stuck. She said, “At the point when you want to give up, that’s when you’re building endurance.” Her advice got me through some intense (former) workouts.
However, the last time I felt like giving up the fight and giving into depression, her words rang again in my mind. I realized how true they are, not just for working out, but for life.
The NKJV Bible that I read uses the word perseverance. Let’s look at Ro. 5:3-5:
we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
2 Peter 1:5-11 talks about fruitful growth in the faith:
giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Talk about eating the fruit of the tree we keep.
Peter also reminds us in chapter 3, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, [the day of the Lord] be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (vs. 14-18)
At the point where we feel like giving up the fight against temptation, sin, indifference, and justification…if we will instead choose to persevere, that is when our endurance is built.
What happens when we build endurance? We are stronger in the face of the next temptation. We have the stamina to go longer between moments of intentional, willing sin. Our brains begin to think more clearly, and our justifications become baseless. Our confidence in who we are in Christ will grow, and our confidence in His strength will not easily be shaken.
Building our endurance takes diligence. Diligently growing in our faith while we wait on our Master will allow us to be honored upon His arrival.
The day is at hand. We cannot give up now. We must diligently keep ourselves to see the fruit.
Let me say it again so maybe it will stick in your brain like it has mine: At the point when you want to give up, that’s when you’re building endurance. And for that fight we put up, we will indeed be honored. 🙂
Waiting on Him,
Oh, and I heard this song this morning that reminded me of this. He is worth it!