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Strength Till the End

Last year I started running. Since then, I have discovered I’m better at sprinting than long distances. My muscles get too tired to run for a long time. Usually I don’t even make it to the point of fatigue before I get bored. In both cases, I have to push myself to reach the end.

Paul shares a similar message about pushing through in his letter to the church in Corinth. Paul opens by telling the church how thankful he is for them. He then encourages the Corinthians to stay faithful, reminding them that they have everything they need in Jesus. Then, in verses 7-8, Paul tells the church that Jesus will continue to strengthen them until He returns again. 

Like a long run, walking with Christ can be tiring and filled with distractions. So how can Paul confidently say we will be strong until the end? Because our relationship with God is based on God’s faithfulness, not ours. If our spiritual lives depended solely on our efforts, we would all be in trouble. But through God’s grace, He gives us the energy, the knowledge and the skills we need to be successful.

God promises to help us grow throughout our lives. Even when we mess up, our mistakes can never be big enough to mess up His promises. If you are going through a tough time or feel like God is distant, persevere through the long race that is life. Remember, God promises to continually give you strength and He will be faithful to keep that promise.

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