“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Revelation 13:10
In this passage of Scripture, John reveals the horrors of the last days. Violence and murder, among other evils, will increase all the more and find their crescendo in the Tribulation period. The dastardly conduct of people in this time will shock and sicken us.
We are not yet in the Tribulation period, but, we are growing ever closer. The signs of Scripture are beginning to be more and more evident. (Matthew 24-25, 2 Timothy 3, & 2 Peter 3) Christians are called to continue forward in love for God, love for others, and service to others. How can we do this? Let’s examine the last part of Revelation 13:10.
**First, grow in patience. As Believers, we should live by relying on God’s promises. His promises are true and God is faithful. However, there is often a great deal of time that passes before we see the promises that God has given us come to pass. Patience will be required of every Christian who desires to thrive in the middle of a wayward culture.
**Next, grow in endurance. According to the dictionary, endurance is defined as the strength to continue or last. May we look to God through prayer, His Word, and His church in order to gain the strength necessary to continue in our life with Christ. We will never regret enduring to the end.
**Finally, grow in faithfulness. Someone once said, “The Christian journey is a long walk of faithfulness in the same direction.” Keep living in accordance to God’s Word. Walk in obedience towards the Jesus’ direction.
Victory is ours. We don’t see it yet but we are assured of it. Grow in patience, endurance, and faithfulness each day.