HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13
Endurance is the quality of the runner, who allows nothing to turn him aside. The Greek athlete had ten months of self-denial and exercise before there was even a chance for him to succeed; and then, in the end, there was the short and intense forth-putting of tremendous effort. I must show his self-denial and his whole-heartedness in the Christian race. I must “run in such a way as to get the prize!” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Endurance is the quality of the soldier, who fights and does not flinch nor yield. My wrestling is not against flesh and blood — but against the principalities and against the powers. Ah, my soul, these are not adversaries to be conquered and put to flight in a day! It means long warfare. It means an unflagging resolution. Have I counted the cost?
Endurance is the quality of the worker, who refuses to forsake his post. There are joys in my labour such as are to be found nowhere else, but there are troublesome days too, and keen disappointments. The ground seems unproductive, and the skies unfavourable. I had hoped to have my harvests stored and safe before now — but how lean and empty is my treasure trove! Yes, but I am here to do the will of God, and I must not abandon His trust.
Endurance is the quality of the suppliant, who clings about the feet of God and will not let Him go. I have to pray always, for myself, for others, for the cause of my Lord, and for the poor and dying world. True prayer is no child’s play! It demands importunity, continuance, and insistence. I must set myself on my watchtower. I must take no rest, and give Him no rest.
“The one who endures to the end will be saved!” Grant me, O Lord, this endurance and this faith.