I am “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.” [Phil 2:16] Are you running well, or toiling in vain? Christian, are you able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;”? [2Tim 4:7] The journey is long and we are small, only humble servants and wretched sinners. There are obstacles and there are hindrances to our course. Some stumble when hindrances are met. “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” [Gal 5:7]. Keep running! Keep one step in front of the other! The time is but a vapor, so short, and what is hunger or cold or discomfort to us when we have an eternity of peace and joy to look forward to?
“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.”
“so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.” [Mt 24:32-33]