Patience (June 17, 2011)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight , and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Christianity, not Karma…

The thing that I find interesting is that whenever we talk about patience and our need for it, if someone says, “I am praying that the Lord will give me patience”, people all gasp and say like Hindu’s who believe in Karma, “Oh, don’t pray that, you’ll get stuck in traffic tomorrow.” That is just not a Biblical idea at all. But let’s just say that you do that today. You pray that God will work the fruit of the Spirit of patience into your heart this week and tomorrow morning traffic stops dead. Think about it, and rejoice with me:

  1. Because God has answered your prayer. He is working endurance and perseverance into your heart.
  2. Because God is at work in the lives of all the other people in all the other cars on the road you are traveling. It’s not all about you!
  3. Because God cares enough about you that he works in your life to make you apply what you heard on Sunday. Aren’t you thankful that God applies his word to your heart even when you don’t?!

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:12-16 ESV)

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