“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13
I was thinking the other morning about the word: Endure. It came to mind while I sat in the dark admiring the beautiful sunrise. I had just got my husband off to work , and began to pray for him.
He has a new job in a call center for a prominent insurance company. He usually takes between 25-40 calls per day. These calls consist of anything from simple questions, to complaints, and things so complex, they must be reviewed by a supervisor. Some calls need a translator because the caller is unable to speak English. On these translated calls, a simple question like, “Can I change doctors at any time?”, can turn into a 40 minute call. Then…there is the question of ‘common sense’…and let’s face it…not everyone is blessed with the same measure! When someone calls and asks if they can see a doctor, even though they have not received their card…and finishes up the sentence by telling you, they have an official letter with all their pertinent information, including their card number…you want to say something like: “…Well…DUH!!” But…of course, you can’t!
I guess what I’m trying to convey, is that this job…like most, can become very stressful! So…while I was in earnest prayer for my husband, the word, “Endure” came out of my mouth.
After prayer, I decided to look the word up, and find all of it’s meanings. I found that this word, “Endure”, does NOT signify ease! On the contrary! Here are it’s meanings: Experience, undergo, sustain, last, bear, continue, remain, persist, tolerate, SUFFER.
WOW! In other words…you can’t be a quitter. You must have a “Do or Die” attitude. “I’ll do it…or I’ll die trying!”
I believe the things we as Christians are made to endure are not brought to beat us down, but to make us stronger in these last days. What’s that old saying? …”If it don’t kill ya…it’ll make you stronger!”
When you used to watch the news, there would be a minute or two, regarding shootings and murder. Now…that pretty much consists of the whole broadcast! The world is like in the days of Noah, before the flood. It says in Genesis 6:5, 11: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.”
So, Noah was commanded by God to build an ark. Most Bible Scholars agree that it took him 120 years to build this ark, but he won NO convert! Now that right there shows enormous endurance!
We, here in the U.S. are so accustomed to luxury, we hardly know the meaning of endurance. If we’re hot, we turn on the AC; if we’re cold…we crank up the heat. Dirty dishes? Throw them in the dishwasher. Don’t have time to use that expensive oven? Just throw your all-ready prepared dinner in the microwave. Dirty clothes? No need to run down to the nearest river…just put them in the washer; it does all the work for you! Convenience has ruined us! Made us soft! If all these luxuries were gone tomorrow, most of us would not know how to manage. We would succumb to despair. We would perish and die.
The Christians in other parts of the world today that are being imprisoned, tortured, and even beheaded for their faith, are the folks who know how to endure!
We must pray for them to stay strong in the Lord. We must pray for ourselves to do the same.
Get a “Do or Die” attitude for the things of the Lord! If the devil has convinced you that you can’t do something God has called you to do, then at least have the attitude that you’ll “die trying!” If God has called you…you CAN do it! Remember… “WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS US!”
By: Anita Mondragon January 2016