Kevin is a summer pastoral ministry intern at Orlando Grace working on his M. Div. degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando.
Because we are weak and easily discouraged in our Christian life, we must run with endurance by embracing God’s provisions for perseverance.
They are two-fold.
First, the example of numerous champions of faith in the past. Kevin made application as to the importance of reading Christian biographies to this end.
Second, the ultimate example of Jesus Christ and His supreme excellencies, the only motive and means for endurance. Kevin stressed the importance of savoring Jesus as more than an example from which we should just get tougher in dealing with encouragement; he pointed us to the power of the gospel in our everyday experience.
He closed with this quote from the Puritan, Matthew Henry:
“The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.”
May we all look to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith as we run the race set before us!