Hebrew 12:1 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
1st Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men”
The Word of God compares the successful Christian’s life with discipline of a well weathered athlete participating in a running event or boxing match. For anyone to succeed in anything there has to be single minded determination of an athlete, the burning desire, the vigorous training and the passion to complete the set goal or task.
I have watched the life of the Kenya athletes. The champions are persistent. One of the key components of success is the persistence. The people or a team that is persistent succeeds where others quit. Once you take an oath to be always persistent and enduring, you can and will succeed in any area of your life. It good to have interest but persistence and endurance will accomplish more many people with interest alone.
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” I had given a job to a man to dig a well for me. He worked very hard with his companion for four days. They had dug 60 feet into the ground to get to the ground water. On the fifth day they got so discouraged and quit. Usually the agreement with the well diggers in Kenya is that, you pay them the full amount once the water comes out of the well. If water does not come out you are not obligated to pay.
I consulted with another well digger. For your information digging a well in my part of Kenya, the digger use hand hoe like fork Jembe, Sticks, machetes and shovel. When (Mutembe) my second well digger came he promised me that he will get that water from that very well. He even swore to me if he does not get it I should not pay him a penny. He was very optimistic and enthusiastic about getting the water. I admired his optimism and spirit.
He dug one more foot and springs of water came bubbling. I still remember the joy and the excitement when he gave me the great news that he has found the water. The first well digger quit after digging for four days. Digging 60 feet he called it quit; whereas he needed to be persistent; to dig one more foot to reach the water table.
Many people quit when victory is at the corner. What is required to accomplish a big task is not always the amount of money, ability, skill, or capability of the equipment. What is required is a million dollars’ worth of determination. It is not about what you have that counts; but what you do with what you have is what makes all the difference.
I have witnessed VBS kids sponsor the first orphan child in Kenya with coins (change) quarters and dimes they brought to church during 2002 VBS at Mars Hill Church. They sponsored the late Kelvin for 8 years. The boy passed away 3 years ago for he succumbed to HIV related illnesses. He died knowing he had some young kids who loved him.
Hundreds of kids in KCK ministry are sponsored by friends from the States who spare for these orphaned and poor kids one dollar per day. The sacrifice these sponsors have made has totally changed the lives of these destitute children. The $30 they receive per month has ensured that they are supplied with food, school levies; choose, clothes, medical care and others basic needs of life.
For over eleven years those sponsors have relentlessly sacrificed for these kids. There are many of the children who have joined high school and other primary (middle school).
The Bible exhorts us to fight the good fight; the good fight of faith. As we do that let us add to it enthusiasm, persistence, patience, passion and endurance. Josh Billing said “the usefulness of a stamp consist of the ability to stick to the letter or parcel until it gets there” A story is told of a Chinese bamboo. After the bamboo is planted the farmer waters and applies the fertilizer for four years without seemingly little result or no results at all. On the fifth year he watered and he fertilizes the plant. In five weeks of that year the tree grows to a height of ninety feet high.
“Do you see a skilled man in his work? He will stand before kings. He will stand before obscure me.” (Pro. 22:29)
Let us hang on and hold tightly to our purpose in life, dream, vision and mission. Let us not be tempted to give up or quite trying when we do not get quick results. The word of God tells us. “Therefore beloved, looking forward to these things be diligent to be found by Him in peace without sport and blameless (2nd Peter 3:14 NKJV).
Let us continue to water and fertilize the dreams and plan the Lord has deposited into us. Let us nurture the seeds of the vision the Lord has put into you. In Galatians 6:9 Apostles Paul wrote “And let us not loose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap it we do grow weary.” With perseverance and endurance we will reap a harvest that the lord has promised.
Yours in Christ