'To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life.' Romans 2:7
Sometimes our Christian life sails along without any problems, and other times it feels as if we are struggling upwards on a hard climb. When you feel like this, keep in mind the true meaning of persistence -
'continuing in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.'
Synonyms with persistence are: perseverance, tenacity and determination.
Each gives us a feeling of the intended calibre of our spiritual life. It's not just 'doing good' when we feel like it, or when life is going smoothly but it's maintaining this ALL the time. There comes a tenacity, a determined holding on, through all the rough storms of life, because of the hope of eternal life. We seek to know the Glory of God. We seek to be found in His Presence. We seek immortality. This then is the way forward - to persist, persevere and to endure to the end.
We give up and fail when we lose hope or when we grow tired of 'doing/being good'. Isn't it a wonderful thought to know that our God never grows tired and that if we learn to lean on Him, He will give us the strength we need to persist.
'Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard? That the everlasting God, The Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary.' Isaiah 40:28
And so...Consider Him that endured.' Heb 12:3