Peter in his second letter to believers encouraged them to build on eight qualities to ensure they remained fruitful and productive in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. Faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love.
I was dwelling on those lately and was arrested by perseverance. That capacity to endure, to keep on keeping on, is something that is a valuable quality. Sticking to it when the circumstances suggest it would be better to do something else takes a particular focus that to others appears blinkered. The more this is practiced, though, the more reason why it is seen in such a challenging light.
What helps tremendously is who we focus on as we persevere. Looking to Jesus and His welcome home banner that far outstrips any alternative pursuits turns the call to persevere to a joyful endurance for who is ahead. Only He makes it worthwhile. Only the surpassing worth of eternity with Him makes the call to persevere one not done out of duty, but deep down delight in Him.
That’s why it’s worth taking the advice to keep on keeping on.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden