Story of the day:  Shed the Weight of Sin

Julie Link writes in The Last Few Pounds:

Whatever weight-loss plan you choose, you’re bound to lose pounds–at least for a while.  But most dieters reach a plateau before they reach their goal, and many get discouraged when the thrill leaves before all the weight does.  Many give up and go back to their old ways of eating.

Something similar happens in our Christian lives.  When we begin our walk with Jesus, we easily shed many of the sins that have weighed us down.  We give dramatic testimonies about being freed from addictive behaviors.  Then the attention shifts to another new believer, and we discover that “little” sins like jealousy, resentment, and anger don’t drop away as readily as the “big” ones.  Some of us get so discouraged that we lose sight of our commitment to Christ and go back to some of our old ways of living.

When Jesus talked about the cost of being His disciple (Luke 14:25-35), He wanted those who heard Him to realize that believing in Him and following Him involves more than starting something that is exciting.  It means sticking with something that is difficult.

So whether we’re talking about weight loss or spiritual gain, the message is the same:  What matters most is not how we start but how we finish. [Link, Julie.  The Last Few Pounds.  Our Daily Bread, day 66, 2001.]

Quote of the day:  Brandt

“Perseverance makes the difference between failure and success.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 14:33 (NIV)

“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

There is always a cost to whatever we choose to do in this life.  I pray that my life is reflective of the things of You that are full of the Fruits of the Spirit.  Even when things in my life become difficult, may I persevere to the very end, finishing what You have started within me, after all, just as the author put it, it’s not how I started, but how I finish that counts.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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