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A Game of Patience
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, patience is the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed.
Patience is something we can all do with a little bit more of. In our generation dominated by instant gratification via things such as social media we have lost the ability to be patient. This lack of patience has immersed itself into our Christian lives. This post aims to highlight a couple of areas I believe we require more patience in.
Patience in our Christian walk
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)
Choosing to be a Christian is not an easy or glamorous walk, it requires sacrifices. Attending services on Sundays or Saturdays is a sacrifice. However, we have to remember that with great sacrifice comes great reward. There is no greater reward than eternal life. It is inevitable that we will all go through tough seasons in our walk. No matter who you are the struggles of life are inescapable. During those tough times we need to be hold firm and have patience. Patience in knowing that God will help us to get through it. We must remember that God is our provider, our healer, our source and waymaker.
God is not man that he should lie.
Numbers 23:19 (NIV)
The worst thing you could do during times of struggle would be to give up on God. When you do that, you try to do it in your own strength. This usually results in you prioritising other things over church meetings. Suddenly The Pulse does not seem important anymore and before long even missing Sunday services. Our Christian walk is a long walk with ups and downs. It requires great patience and determination to make it to the end. We must remember that nothing of value comes easy. There is a lot of temptation in the world that tries to take us out of God’s plan. However, we need to stick with church and stick with God.
Then Abraham waited patiently and he received what God had promised.
Hebrews 6:15 (NLT)
Patience with The Pulse growth
We are doing a lot at The Pulse to bring in new students and young people to fill up the building every Saturday night. This is because there is a lot of space where chairs need to be. There are a lot of young people out there in need of genuine friendships. We might not see instant growth, but we need to be patient. We need to persist with the Lord’s work then people will come.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
We want the Pulse to be here in the next 50 years. We need to have the ambition to build something bigger than ourselves. When Harvest City Church started it didn’t have many people. Many of us where not here, but our pastors have been patient and faithful and the numbers have grown year on year. We need to have that same patience and faithfulness, otherwise the number will go in the opposite direction. It’s not going to be easy but with God on our side we know all things are possible. We need to build something that will outlast us.
The colosseum in Rome took 6-8 years to build and 2,000 years later it is still standing. You can go and walk around in it. It has outlasted all of the people that built it. This must be our desire for The Pulse and church, to build something that will last, but it will take time.
Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and they underestimate what they can do in two or three decades.