Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
Studies show that one of the primary reasons we are tempted to give up on something is people. They have narrowed it down to around 20% of people who encourage us to ‘give up’ on any given task or dream.
How many battles would never have been won without persistence? How many men and women would never have graduated, developed a career, stayed together in marriage or raised children? How many criminal cases would not have been solved without the persistence of detectives or great music never finished, or amazing artwork completed? After 700 failed attempts the man working alongside Thomas Edison exclaimed “what a waste”, to which Edison replied “we’re closer than we’ve ever been before.” Each of these things takes incredible persistence and determination.
God honours persistence. He models it throughout the Bible. Think of His patient persistence in continually reaching out to the lost, “not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” I’m sure we can also each think of times in our lives when God could have given up on us – but He didn’t. Why is that? Because “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” The One who began will continue right up to the end. Being the original finisher, He will persist.
With love & blessings, Sandra