Matthew 24:12-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Endurance is something that athletes train for. It’s a crucial part of the workout process because without the proper endurance training, they can become easily exhausted and unable to perform at a high level for an extended period of time. The same is true for Christians.
Jesus knew that in the time of the end the increase in wickedness and the lack of love would have the power to bring Christians to the point of exhaustion, decreasing their effectiveness as witnesses and putting themselves in jeopardy of remaining in the faith altogether. We can definitely see this happening today, can’t we? The hearts of children are growing colder, the wickedness in the world is at a fever pitch, right is considered wrong, the very fabric of society is being torn to shreds. Like raging floodwaters, sin is rampant and destroying everything in its path. “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other” (Matthew 24:10).
I know a number of people who dealing with this inside their own homes and families. In many cases, holding fast to the Word of God has become a severe point of contention that threatens to divide families altogether. Desperate for peace, the temptation to compromise God’s Word becomes stronger and stronger. And the raging water continues to flow.
James 1:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
For the Christian, there is a reward for those who endure under temptation. You have a Father that understands the intense stresses that these end days will cause. There is a promise laid up for you who are in the intense situation of sacrificing all for the sake of Christ.
Matthew 19:29 New International Version (NIV)
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
Be blessed, endure, and keep your eyes to the heavens. When you see these things begin to happen, look up and lift your heads, for your redemption draws near (Luke 21:28). Jesus is coming soon!
The only true conqueror who shall be crowned in the end is he who continues until war’s trumpet is blown no more…. Christian, wear your shield close to your armor and cry earnestly to God, that by His Spirit you may endure to the end. – Alistair Begg