“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36 ESV
Read this verse over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
This morning I am being reminded to keep going. It is interesting to watch when someone thinks they have won a race and they let up only to be passed. Or in football a receiver slows down thinking they have a touchdown only to be tackled at the one-yard line or to drop the ball before they go into the end zone. Don’t make the same mistake. Keep going till it is done.
Our faith is till the end. If we drop the ball, we lose all that we have gained. Don’t give up. Don’t stop helping people because you think you have done enough. Keep going. Keep living for God. Too many times I have seen Christians in church who reach their retirement age and then they stop volunteering. They are burned out. They think it is time for them to rest and be served. That isn’t how it works. We may need to change the way we serve but we are to serve all the time until we can’t.
I know it is good to get a break. Stress can get to us especially if we are one of the few who did everything. It is important to step back and let others take charge, to let others get involved but don’t abandon them. Support them, help them without needing to be in control. Let them do it their way. If it is wrong let God help teach them. There is more than one way to get a job done.
As we get older we may fall into the trap that we have done it all. We have earned a break. We have learned all we need to learn. That is a false narrative. We can’t earn our way into heaven. In the Bible there was no retirement. You worked till you couldn’t. If you couldn’t do the job physically you managed those who could. We can learn right up until we die. This means we need to keep studying the Bible. Keep praying for guidance. Keep going to church. We can serve in so many ways. If we can’t do things physically then be a witness with our words of wisdom. Be a cheer leader to those who are struggling. Be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. Keep on loving people as God loves us.
As we finish one chapter in our lives the book isn’t over. We move on to the next. God closes one door, so we will go through the next. The will of God is to love Him with all our heart, mind and soul and then love others as ourselves. This doesn’t change after we help one person, or twenty, or two hundred. It continues until we die. Serve God with everything. Keep going, persevere till the end. If we stop, we miss the celebration. We miss the reward. We miss the life promised.
It is always darkest right before the dawn. When our struggles get worse the end is near. You can’t jump up until you hit the ground. The key is to trust God all the time. Don’t give up. Keep going.