It is easy to “grow weary and lose heart” in the face of the opposition. I take encouragement from the book of Hebrews:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
In the next couple of months, I would like to flesh out what a ministry to those who struggle with pornography, same sex attraction, or sex addiction looks like in the cultural context in which we find ourselves. In the meantime, I am encouraged by the “great clouds of witnesses” who have gone before. Their witness is a constant encouragement and inspiration.
Be Encouraged and Pray
One such person, a woman still very much alive, I believe, but way ahead of me in her vision for what is in the future, has written a prophetic essay about what Chuck Colson once called the “false god of tolerance.” Joella Kruger wraps up her paper titled, inTolerance, with her vision for hope during the end times she believes are at hand. I offer this excerpt in hopes that our Where Grace Abounds supporters and group members will be encouraged and will pray these words on behalf of the Body of Christ for 2015:
In the midst of brokenness and misery, the indestructible glory of God will shine out and the radiance of the City of God will appear for all to see. When violence and terror take over and chaos ensues, when we are surrounded by death and destruction, the hidden treasure in the fragile “jars of clay” of our personal lives and of our churches and fellowships will be evident as never before. It will no longer matter that the vessel is unimpressive: only the treasure it contains will count. We ourselves will be insignificant and will have nothing more to boast about, and all the glory will be given to our God in Jesus Christ, to whom alone it is due.
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever! Revelation 5:13