Mathew 10 Lesson

Endurance

ENDURANCE

“Only the strong survive!”

You have probably heard this expression before. But is it true, and does it apply to the lives of Christians today?

As we begin today’s lesson, we will first pause for a moment and think about Jesus’ life on earth, and the lives of those that were closest to Him.

Would you say that their lives were easy?

Absolutely not!

Jesus’ life was difficult from the moment He was born, had no place to sleep, and had to flee to Egypt.

The Apostles also lived difficult lives suffering beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, and other hardships.

There is nothing in the Bible that says that life will be easy. It will be worth it! But unfortunately, it will not be easy. God does not shield us from adversity. Adversity is an important part of our development as Christians. God uses adversity for three reasons:

  1. To teach us,
  2. To discipline us,
  3. To reveal His supreme power.

How we handle adversity when it comes says a lot about us and our faith. Consider the following words spoken by Jesus, Himself:

  • “It is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” – Mathew 10:22.

Jesus tells us in this verse that we must endure until the end if we want to be saved. Endurance is a marathon, not a sprint!

ENDURANCE AND PERSEVERANCE

Endurance and perseverance go hand in hand. We know that as Christians, we are all going to suffer. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his second letter to Timothy:

  • “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12.

What God wants to see is how we will respond. When adversity strikes, do we complain and feel sorry for ourselves? Or do we accept God’s plan and continue to seek ways to glorify Him and to serve others? Or are we somewhere in the middle? Wherever we are in our own lives, we can always challenge ourselves to have a Godly attitude about suffering.

Consider the following three verses:

  1. “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” - James 1:12,
  2. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” - Galatians 6:9,
  3. “We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” - Romans 5:3-5.

PERSPECTIVE

As we battle through life’s challenges, we need to remember two things:

  1. Our struggles are nothing compared to the glory that awaits us in heaven,
  2. Whatever pain we are experiencing, it is only temporary. There will come a time when the pain subsides.

Keeping our suffering in perspective allows us to remain hopeful in a sinful and lost world. The three scriptures provided below do a fantastic job of helping us to keep suffering in its proper perspective:

  1. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18,
  2. “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:10,
  3. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3-4.

CONCLUSION

It is not a question of if we are going to suffer in life, it is a question of when.

Suffering is important to our faith, and how we handle adversity is important to our salvation. Jesus said:

  • “It is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” – Mathew 10:22.

Life will get bumpy, and we will slip up and make mistakes along the way. No matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in, our role is to persevere and to remain faithful to glorifying God and serving one another.

We will end today’s lesson with words spoken by the Apostle Paul. They are the same words that we hope to be able to say ourselves at the appropriate time:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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Rodgers miller opiyo

The Holy spirit was revealing to the children of God every moment we stay in the word of God , and from the beginning God has been leading those who meditate upon His word of the hour , be blessed

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Rosalyn

We should all stay on course with what God would put us through but the scriptures also said the is a house is not worthy of God’s teaching then the disciples should move on to the next. How do we know when to move on in our families when they betray us? Do we continue to stay on course and pray for change within our loved ones?

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Michael
Rosalyn

That’s a tough question. I personally believe that we focus on what the scriptures say, and then pray for the Holy Spirit to let us “feel” what to do next.

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Dan

God wants us to choose people. Some people don’t like the choice. When people of the same household make different choices it will cause a great spiritual battle. Christian has to be willing to endure persecution from the person who does not want to follow Christ

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Michael
Dan

Thanks Dan,

And that’s “the sword”? The spiritual battle between members of the same household making different choices?

That is very helpful.

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