Jesus told His disciples that they were going to be arrested, persecuted, and brought before rulers. They would have opportunities to speak of Jesus. He warned them not to plan their testimonies but to rely upon the Holy Spirit to give them wisdom. He promised that they would be hated for His name’s sake, but that they would not perish. In the middle of Jesus’ recitation, He promised them that in their steadfast endurance and waiting in expectation, they would obtain the breath of life designed for eternity. (ESV translation of Luke 21:19)
Every disciple except John was martyred; yet, they patiently possessed their souls, designed for everlasting life.
For success in the world, we are taught that we need to create a business plan that includes goals and objectives, a timeline, budget, tactics, and metrics for evaluation. In God’s measurement of success, we receive His vision for us; we walk this earth as strangers, and we receive rewards in heaven, not earth.
In your patience possess ye your souls.
Three tactics in God’s plan for success
- Persevering, we trust the promises of God. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
- Acting to obtain control or possess our lives, we surrender to God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
- Receiving the breath of God, we gain life. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
Our Great Creator, Breath of Life, we are humbled by Your great love for us. You made us; we rebelled, You gave Your only begotten Son’s life to pay the price for our sins, and You raised Him from the dead. Teach us Your ways. They are not the ways of this world. Set our eyes upon You and the promises You have given us. We surrender our lives to You. Take us by the right hand and lead us. Thank You for eternal life with You. We surrender our very essence to You. Have Your perfect way in us. We pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen