4. Love – The Right Heart
There is so much that can be said about love. I must admit is almost feels like love is so passé these days because it is lacking in our world. Sadly, it is also lacking in the church. This should be no surprise because Jesus said in the last days the love of many would grow cold (Matt. 24:12).
Why is it so important to pursue love? The reason is because this is the evidence that we are who we say we are. Isn’t it amazing that the test of our true discipleship isn’t how many scriptures we can quote, or how long we pray, or how many hours of service we give, but how we love each other?
I challenge you to refer to 1 Corinthians 13 and look at all the qualities of what love is and begin pursuing them. This is the kind of love it will take to let the world know we are truly his disciples, so let’s pursue it as men and women of God.
5. Endurance – The Right Focus
Is there something you want to accomplish in the next year, three years, or maybe five years? It is going to take endurance. When you pursue endurance, you recognize the path won’t be easy. There will be challenges along the way, but you learn to persevere despite them. Endurance is the long game. It is the long-term focus that does not get distracted by the temporary setbacks or difficulties we experience in life. 2 Corinthians 4 is a beautiful picture of the type of endurance required and what we should be pursuing. Let me remind you of what Paul said.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9).
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
These verses scream of endurance and having the right focus. Yes, we will have hardships. But pursue endurance, so you are not overwhelmed by the trials of life.
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