Posted by: Jo | January 26, 2018

Keep It Going

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him”

(James 1: 12)

Encourage01When I was a young child we used to play a fun game at birthday parties called “Keep it going”. Children were divided into two teams and each given a balloon which was thrown to the first child in each team and then the game was to keep the balloon in the air without letting it fall to the ground as each child pushed it up to the next child. We would all shout with enthusiasm.

Keep it going!!!

Looking back on those words, I can see they were a wonderful message for how we tackle pursuits, dreams, goals and life itself and especially in this new season of the year when we make all sorts of resolutions to improve ourselves. It is also a powerful message for our love and our passion to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. How do we keep that enthusiasm going?

The early Christian church knew the importance of keeping the incredible good news of Jesus Christ, that they had heard and believed, alive! They faced much opposition and trials in the early days and needed encouragement to not lose heart, but to keep going. When Paul is writing to Timothy, he encourages him to persevere, as this goal is such a worthy one.

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do , you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4: 16) 

Encourage02When we, ourselves, have discovered the joy of following the Lord Jesus Christ, we are anxious to tell others immediately, so they too can experience this joy.  Jesus has some important advice on how we can keep this going to his glory. When he tells the parable of The Sower. If we want the message to spread and grow. We must be deeply rooted in his word. Firmly nourished by it so we can keep it going and then be able to witness, and amazing bountiful crop of believers.

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8: 15)

Sometimes we face obstacles and troubles in our own lives that weaken our resolve to keep going on our walk of faith. Just like we must exercise to keep our earthly bodies fit, we have to build up our spiritual bodies as well, by spending time in prayer, reading God’s word, and by meeting with fellow Christians. Just like the childhood game I described, we also need the encouragement of others to keep our love alive. We need to hear the cries “Keep it going!!”.  We also need to offer that same help to others who may be flagging. We need to keep that balloon up high as we pass our love and encouragement on.

As we remember that beautiful passage from Corinthians that love perseveres we can put our faith in that;

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13: 6 – 7)

So, if we begin to feel a little flat we can always think of that childhood game and whisper to ourselves;

Keep it going!!!

Encourage03


Responses

  1. love it, Jo. Yes, ditto Mary’s comment. Keep it going and flowing.

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  2. Thanks for “keeping it going” Jo.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thank you for this timely message of truth. It came jut at the right time. It was so nice to meet you the other day at the salon.

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