28 Oct “War in the Front Yard” by Dave Gadoury, Senior Pastor
I’ve tried everything. I have fertilized, weeded, top-seed, cut-seeded, spread lime, top-dressed, thatched, raked, installed sprinklers. You name it, and I have tried it. Well, almost. There is one thing I was too cheap to bother with – the bug killers, and why should I? They never bothered me before. Until now, that is.
This summer, my pretty decent front lawn turned into a disaster. Between the chinch bugs and the drought, it looked a mess by the end of the summer. So here we go again. More seeds, more dirt, more fertilizer, more water. Things are looking up now, and I am hopeful for that golf course look come next summer. Hope springs eternal.
This ongoing battle has reminded me of an important spiritual lesson: the need for endurance.
In life, I tend to like things the easy way. But that isn’t how things work in our walk with God.
Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
One dictionary defines endurance like this: “the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.” This ability is God-given, but it is exercised by us, not someone else.
Producing a nice lawn from year to year may require that same endurance. You just have to stay at it. Last year’s fertilizer doesn’t work this year. Water from last month won’t help much this week. So it is with following God, who instructs us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
This is how it is with the greening of your Christian life; with the flourishing of your marriage; with the vibrancy of your devotional life; with fruitfulness of your ministry; with progress in your chosen career. Persevering, obedient faith in God will be necessary if you are in it for the long haul.
So don’t give up. Keep turning your eyes on Jesus. Go back to the reading of God’s word. It was right before, and it still is. Try it again with the hope that endurance brings. “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Colossians 1:11