Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Heb. 10:23)
To preserve something is to protect it. Self-preservation is one of the most dangerous forms of narcissism in our world today. We look out more for ourselves than what is best for others. We make decisions that will benefit us instead of the group. We intend to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, but often our wants and desires get in the way. Trying to hang on to what we think we deserve is not the life God wants for us. Preserving our walk with Christ is good. Preserving our rights, even the right to self, is not.
Persevering is a much better posture for a follower of Jesus. To seek God’s face is what God wants. To run after righteousness is to fulfill the will of God. To stay strong in our faith no matter what circumstances come our way is the quest of making it through today for Jesus and into eternity with Jesus.
Jesus is persevering for you today. Since he came, lived, died, and now lives again, you and I benefit greatly. We have immediate access to God’s throne. Our sins are forgiven when we repent. Our conscience can be completely cleansed. Our hands and minds are pure. We can have an unswerving and unshakeable hope. Because of Jesus, there is light at the end of each day, including our final day.
Remember the persevering love of God.
Jim Dunn serves The Wesleyan Church as president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.