James 1:2-4 " 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have it's perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
Respond to the call.
I woke this morning around 3:30 a.m. thinking about my book. I sighed at the idea of getting up to write. I did and went to my office. The chapter I am focusing on is Gaining Autonomy. I am discussing the responsibility Christians must accept in their "freedom" in Christ. I am reminded of what I have written earlier in the book, you as a believer do not have a right to yourself. At the time of salvation, you became a "bond servant" to the Kingdom of God. An ambassadors to the true one and only King. Christ anguished over His death, but endured the process in order to fulfill His call, to break the veil that separated man from God. His crucifixion was witnessed so that His true identity would be revealed to those who believed. Even if they did not totally get who He was during His life on earth, their minds eye was cleared of any imperfect perception.
Often those times that bring what we perceive as the greatest opportunity for failure that God will bring opportunity for success. Look at how those who walked with Christ viewed His death. There was doubt, or at least a sense of the end of His presence, His leadership. It was through Christ's endurance during His trials that His purpose/intention was displayed but in His death His identity was revealed. If He quit during the trials, His goal would not have been accomplished nor His true identity with those who believed been revealed. Endurance is a key in revealing the true Christ in you and me.
After I wrote for a while, the thought of going for a run came to mind. By this time it was 5:30 a.m. Again I sighed, even grimaced at the idea, but holding to my nature, got up, got dressed, and went running. Instead of just maintaining a constant jog for 1.5 miles, I decided to break up the run with intervals of sprinting followed by intervals of brisk walking. I can tell you, after that first sprint at 5:30 in the morning lacking the discipline of running regardless of the fact of the discipline of running at 5 in the morning, I did not want to sprint again. But I did. Well, I made it through the challenge. I understand that this type of exercise builds endurance.
I had a plethora of thoughts flood my brain. I thought of Job. Regardless of his trials, his faith in God endured. What did God do? Restored Job. Christ suffered not just emotional abuse by physical abuse as well. Through His obedience He endured. Through Christ's death, God restored His availability to man. Christ provided His bride, the church an opportunity to trust, establish fidelity. We each must allow God to restore us to a true, genuine relationship with Him so we each can provide light to those living in the darkness of this world. Understand that true love, peace, and joy established in Christ endures all obstacles.