The Life of Endurance

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by Sam Geroy

   It was hard for Noah to live in a world that was corrupt and full of violence (Genesis 6:5). But he walked with God in the midst of an evil generation. He maintained a blameless life. He and his family were saved during the flood because he believed, built the ark and entered it before God’s judgment. After the deluge he believed in God’s rainbow covenant (Genesis 9:1-17) that gave new rules and the challenge of living for God in a remodeled world.

   John the Baptist endured life and training in the desert of Israel in order to train for a special task of preparing the way of the Messiah in Israel (Luke 1: 57-80; 3:1-20; 7:18-28). When his work was finished God allowed him to fade away according to His will though it was painful on the part of John because he was beheaded (John 14:1-12).
    John Mark, the writer of the Gospel of Mark), also had his own share of hard times. As a young man he witnessed the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Mark 14:51, 52). Later he joined Paul’s mission but went back home when he experienced difficulties (Acts 15:36-41). But he later went with his uncle Barnabas in mission work and was eventually reconciled with Apostle Paul. His most significant work was in writing the Gospel of Mark (70 A.D.) before the destruction of Jerusalem in order to prepare believers in serving the Lord despite persecution. That’s why he emphasized the cross, discipleship, and being a teacher in order to enable persecuted believers to surmount hardships by teaching them who really was the Lord and what He can do in their lives. John in his writing was telling Christians to endure while following the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Paul encouraged believers, when he wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians that before the Lord’s coming hard times will prevail. Followers of Jesus can learn to transform hard times into pathways to endurance, diligence and faithfulness.

   Believers who endure never give up, never doubt God’s goodness, and never stop serving diligently. 

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