|What Keeps You Going?
By Greg Sanders
In 1989, a pink bunny rolled onto the stage of TV screens across the world pounding a bass drum. He kept going and going. What keeps him going? The energizer batteries of course. Sometimes life runs down your batteries. Sometimes life makes you want to quit,. The apostle Paul kept on going despite some of the hardest conditions and severe trials. He shares with the church in Corinth what keeps him going. I believe his insight can help the modern-day believer to keep going forward in his or her service to God.
2 Corinthians 4:14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
What keeps you going?
Realize that there is life beyond this life. Paul was able to persevere because he knew that this life, no matter how bad it was, was giving way to a better life. Paul knew that no matter how deep this life tried to bury believers, there was no hole so deep that God could not breath hope, life, and purpose back into it.
Realize that you are part of a winning cause. God’s grace is reaching more and more people through your commitment to Him. There were battles in Paul’s life that screamed he was defeated, he had lost, and his journey was useless. However, the gospel kept going forward. It went forward when Paul was in prison and when he was preaching in the city centers. You must realize that there is no constraint on your life that can keep God’s message from being presented through your life.
Realize that daily inner renewal is available to you. Paul said he was experiencing daily renewal. The Bible says in Lamentations 3:22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. No matter how dark the day may be, God’s mercies are available to you. Realize you can tap into strength beyond yourself by connecting to His word and to His presence.
Realize there is an eternal perspective to what you see. Much of what we see is temporary. However, there is an eternal work taking place behind the scenes of your life. There is impact being made and eternal rewards being reaped. Don’t be distracted by things that don’t last.
Today’s Challenge: Remember that you can go on beyond your own strength. There is a reason to continue, there is power to continue, and there is a great promise to those who will continue serving God.