Are you wondering if the objections, rejections, and other obstacles are worth the struggle it takes to persevere in your purpose—do you feel like quitting?
If you don’t yet know God’s purpose for your life then you may notice you often feel like quitting things to move on shortly after trying to reach this or that personal or professional goal. And maybe you grumble, complain, and bah-humbug your way through your days.
But if you know your unique purpose, the calling God has created you to accomplish, then you must fight to keep going and persevere to willingly allow God to finish what he has begun in and through you. Because we know that our suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope. (Romans 5:4) And hope changes the world.
So how do you keep going? You consider three things intimately connected to perseverance:
- Christ’s love for you
- Your feelings
- Your love for Christ
Being like Jesus means loving.
It also means hard, painful obedience.
Christ leads us on a path of struggle toward death of our wills
and our personal plans. Our every dream is subdued to his will.
This is where God is glorified and others are served.
Persevere Because of Christ’s Love
He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
Scripture tells us that Jesus came into the world … the very world and the very people he himself created. And they rejected him.
This did not deter our Christ. God’s preordained purpose was to send Jesus into the world to save the world. No one else could do it. And so he came in the most vulnerable way … as a baby in human skin to start, endure, and fulfill his purpose.
No matter the rejection, abuse, violence, and hatred. Jesus, the baby, the boy, the man grew and persevered to completion of his purpose. Does knowing this make you want to ask why and how he endured like it does me?
The answers to these questions are repeated in Jesus’ words, actions, and sacrifice. The how and why of such perseverance is love.
When you consider it’s Christ’s love for you that caused him to persevere on his journey to a cross meant to bring shame, pain, and death does this motivate you? How?
Persevere Through Feelings
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps
feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
In Paul’s preaching to the people in Athens, he reminds them that God himself gives life and breath to everything. And then he talks about the nations feeling their way toward him (God) and finding him.
Clearly, God gave you and me feelings. But to be honest, in recent years I’ve begun to curdle a bit when someone tells me they’ve based their decision on their feelings. Probably because much of my life I did exactly that. :/
In fact, scripture reveals there is more to our feelings than the thoughts and emotions behind them. Your feelings—my feelings—are God’s way of drawing you and me near … of feeling our way toward him and finding him!
Feelings Point You Toward God
In the Greek, this use of the word, feel, means to search for, verify by contact.
Think about it, when you feel joy God wants you to seek him and rejoice with him. When you feel sad he wants you to call out to him and find comfort in him. When you feel confused he desires you to turn to him and search for his wisdom.
In other words, feelings are God-given signals or sign meant to cause us to search for and verify the truth … to point the way to our loving God.
We are not to base our decisions to quit or persevere on our feelings about our difficulties and circumstances, but we are to allow our feelings to move us closer to God making him the center of everything. Yes, even our feelings.
Then, he will reveal the truth about the way to go … the decision to make.
Does knowing your feelings are really brightly lit arrows pointing you toward God change the way you might begin to make your decisions? About persevering or quitting?
Persevere In Your Love For Christ
I’m a pretty driven person. One of my strengths is perseverance. But after I’ve done and given what seems like my all and still the Lord says to continue on, don’t quit I must consider my love for Christ.
How do I do that? I first look to Christ and how much he was willing to give (love) to allow God to accomplish his purpose through him. Then, I consider how much I am willing to give (love) to allow God to fulfill his purpose through me.
Sadly, in my struggle to decide, I often find I come up short in the giving love area because I’m holding on to my deep-down preferences a bit too tightly. You know … the ones you and I don’t want to admit.
And in the midst of discovering what I hold so tightly I’m reminded of this:
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God.
If you feel like quitting something that fulfills God’s greater purpose for your life, will you take time to consider what you’ve read and know about Christ’s love for you, your feelings, and your love for Christ?
Then, pay attention to what the Holy Spirit reveals to you about persevering and quitting. He may reveal your goal is not his intention for you. In this case, quitting to discern his better path is your next step. If he tells you to keep going … to persevere … put doubt and fear behind you and humbly continue to move in the direction you’ve been called.
Will you persevere to fulfill your purpose?
- Journal about what you’ve discovered after meditating on and answering the questions above. Writing it down helps clarify and confirm. And please, I’d love it if you’d share in the comments what you’ve learned!
If you need encouragement in discovering your purpose and breaking through barriers so you can live and persevere in your purpose I’d love the opportunity to talk with you. Contact me here to find out more and if you’re interested, schedule a time to chat!
As always …
Praying God’s grace, peace, and purpose for your life!