2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, "
We expect youth or young believers to struggle along and, realistically, we are all going to struggle. We all have to continually work out our own relationship with Jesus. It's crushing, though, to see older believers just seemingly give up and quit struggling…give up and give in to whatever temptation they find themselves up against.
I promise there is no finger pointing going on here. If anything it has made me want to examine myself more and see if there are any areas in which I am blind. It has made me want to remain more vigilant than ever before because I don't want to walk with Jesus for 30 plus years and then just abandon ship because it's gotten too hard. Being consistent is hard. Fighting the tide of popular belief is hard. Standing on Jesus and His precepts while others are embracing false doctrines is hard. We truly don't understand what it means to suffer for our beliefs, but I believe we are in a time where we are about to find out…and it's going to get harder.
A ministry friend and I were talking a few years back about the deep desire we both have to "Finish strong"! We don't want to devote our lives to pointing others to Jesus only to get to the end and start wandering about in the wilderness. The only way that is going to happen, though, is if we continue to drink in Truth, continue to surround ourselves with other believers who aren't willing to compromise and continue to realize the line in following Jesus is one deep and we can't allow ourselves to drift into the line of popular opinion.
Lord, please help me never lose sight of You and the road you have called me to walk. I know the road is narrow and there are going to be points along the way where I will be tempted to branch off and wander, but I beg You to help me stay focused. More than anything I want to stand before You one day and know, while I didn't do it all right, I did struggle well and I did finish strong!!!