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How To Keep Going When Life Is Full

If you’re like me, you want to succeed at work and in life. But you probably have kids at home, deadlines at work, a small group from church and those three are enough to push any of us to the point of exhaustion.

If you’re also trying to live out your calling as a Gospel Patron, then you’re not only involved and invested in your own pursuits, but you’re in partnership with people who are carrying the gospel torch to other dark places in this world. And partnerships take time and energy.

We all need endurance, but the way to keep going is not what we normally think.

How To Keep Going

In the book of Hebrews we find that God’s people were not only exhausted, they were opposed. Their faith wavered in the winds of difficulty and the writer of Hebrews said, “You have need of endurance.” 10:36

Can you relate? Life is busy. Work is tiring. Ministry is difficult and the thought of sitting on a beach permanently sounds like a good idea.

The answer in the book of Hebrews is more than a self-help strategy, more than tips and tricks for a stronger you. Instead, it’s a call to fix your eyes on something greater than your weariness and difficulty. Hebrews says the path of endurance is seeing, or perhaps re-seeing the one we lose sight of amidst our winds and waves.

See the Savior

In my Bible I’ve highlighted in yellow everything the book Hebrews says about Jesus. And there’s a lot of yellow! One major theme is that Jesus is our great high priest. On the surface that may not mean much to us in the 21st century, but when we press in deeper we find at least ten reasons this is good news for those of us who need endurance.

First, we find that Jesus is able to help in our temptation. “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” 2:18

Second, we see that Jesus is able to sympathize with our struggles. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” 4:15

Third, we find that Jesus gives us access to God for mercy and grace. “Since then we have a great high priest… let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 4:14, 16

Fourth, Jesus offers us eternal salvation. “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest.” 5:9-10

Fifth, we can have tremendous hope because Jesus is our high priest forever. “He holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” 7:24-25

Sixth, we can have confidence in Jesus because he is exalted to the highest place. “We have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.” 8:1

Seventh, we can rest securely in Jesus’ sacrifice for us. “But when Christ appeared as a high priest…he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” 9:11-12

Eight, we have an advocate in heaven who cares about us. “For Christ has entered… into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” 9:24

Ninth, difficulty is not the end of our story. We are given a great expectation that Jesus is coming back for us. “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” 9:28

Tenth, God has purpose in the pain. “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 12:7, 10

Sight not Strength

Do you see him? Do you see what he offers you?

Help in your temptation. Sympathy with your struggles. Access to God’s mercy and grace. Eternal salvation. Hope. Confidence. Security. An advocate in heaven. A great expectation for your future. Purpose in the pain.

Your endurance is not dependent on your strength, but on your sight. Keep looking to Jesus and you can keep going.

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” 12:1-2

John Rinehart ,
John Rinehart , Founder & Leader of
and the author of the book Gospel Patrons