But as for You, Continue

“You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,  while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it  and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:10-17

There is no need to fix what is not broken, and it is never prudent to stop a wise course of action. There are times the way ahead is obscured, but we know our destination and can continue on. Understanding the right thing to do, staying immersed in the truth, and sustained plodding keep us steady and focused when the battle is the toughest and the path dark with opposition.

With division and opposing loyalties storming our culture and vying for our allegiance, and rebel accusations, vociferous claims, and vitriol competing for our attention and reaction, we are called to stay the course with steadfastness. With visible, invisible, and audible attacks on our beliefs, motivations, and way of life, we are to be discerning, wise and assured in what we have learned, and trusting in the finished work of our rescue and salvation. Our eyes must be transfixed on Jesus, our lives grounded in His word. He is our sure foundation, and the sacred writings that have done a permanent sacred work in our hearts are daily ours for imparting wisdom, convicting of sin, setting straight our thinking and behavior, and equipping us to obey. Continue! (Hebrews 12:1-3)

The scriptures also give us godly examples like Paul, who emulated holy passion, faith, patience, love, and staying the course in every persecution and pain. Being surrounded by the host of brave saints who have gone before, and believing in the One who blazed that trail with perfect grace, we are compelled to follow in their steps. Continue!

When temptations flirt with our emotions, and whispers allure us to take the slippery or easy road, continue to live a godly life!

When suffering wears us down and strength grows thin, when we feel we can bear no more pain, or another sleepless night or impossible decision, continue in what has been taught and lean on the faith former grief has built!

When the enemy paraphrases hard commands to admit excuses and shave away with deception, continue in the Word and promises we know to be true!

As for me, will I choose, no matter what, to continue with my Lord?

Lord, keep me carefully plodding along with You, ready for and devoted to every good work no matter the road. May I continue faithfully because of Your grace and in light of Your glory.

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