You have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. – Hebrews 10:36
This passage in The Amplified Bible brings out an interesting perspective on patience. It is saying that the fruit of patient labor is having the promise fulfilled in us and it also adds the dimension of being able to enjoy the promise to the full.
The point seems to be that we have been given a promise of future joy, but we must endure whatever comes to us as we are on the path in order to receive the promise. If we will hold steadfast and patiently endure, we will receive the overwhelming joy of having the promise fulfilled.
What is the promise that this passage is referring to? He is speaking of the eternal hope that we share in Christ. In the verses before this one he speaks of persecution and loss of this world’s possessions and contrasts those things lost with “better and lasting possessions” (v34).
He speaks to those who will patiently endure saying, “Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (v35). There is no one going to say that it is easy to go through persecution, particularly the kind of persecution the early church endured, but we are promised that if we patiently endure and wait for the promised deliverance, we will be vindicated and we will have great joy.
A key to having steadfast patience is to be committed to a cause. The purpose given in this passage for patient endurance is, “So that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God.” A common mistake people make is that they want patience because they know they should have it, but they are not really committed to a cause.
The purpose of patient enduring is not so that we can put another notch on our spiritual belt, but it is so that we can fulfill God’s purposes for our lives.
Prayer: Lord, help me to realize that I must be steadfast in my commitment to your will and patiently endure whatever comes my way so that I can perform and fully accomplish your will. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: The fruit of patient labor is having the promise fulfilled in us and it also adds the dimension of being able to enjoy the promise to the full.
Affirmation: I labor in the kingdom patiently so that I may perform and fully accomplish the will of God.
Reflection: Patient is a virtue that is developed through being committed to a cause. Patience is a virtue, but it is only achieved when one is committed to a greater cause. What greater cause are you committed to?
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