The Long Haul

We go through trials and tribulations in life. Some face many. Others face fewer. But one thing remains — we all must endure and overcome. Because keeping a firm hold on our faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, is the only thing that will carry us through.

There are many aspects of our spiritual life. So many things to keep at the forefront when it comes to our walk with Christ. And all too often do we let certain areas of it fall to the wayside. If we aren’t mindful, it can be all too easy to waiver in our faith.

James 1:6 — But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

No, it’s not all doom and gloom. We have a lot to be happy about and thankful for. We’re a blessed society in so many ways. But in a world of heartache and strife, we can take solace in the fact that we have a hope in heaven because of the sacrifice that Jesus made as he hung and died on the cross. You just have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, have faith, follow his word and do good works.

1 John 5:5 — Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Sometimes, when you look at life, it can be daunting. But remember, God tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Just worry about today. Worry about right now. Because in a world of uncertainty and a world where we aren’t promised tomorrow, we as Christians have to make as much of an impact as possible. We have to spread the Gospel now. Today.

I can’t speak for others, but I become complacent, all-out sluggish even, when I think too far into the future. I push things aside. I tell myself that this good work can wait until tomorrow. I’ll do that good work next week. And I believe that’s one of the very reasons God tells us to worry about today, and not tomorrow. We can’t think about the long haul. We have to take the long haul day by day.

Matthew 6:34 — Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Give your cares and worries to God. Let Him help you. Allow Him to guide you. Life is a long journey. We’re in it for the long haul. But He’ll be right there with us the whole way, day by day.

2 Timothy 4:7 — I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

 

Three Forks church of Christ- Bulletin Article February 2017

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