We live in a biased society. That is nothing new, but it is true. There exist all kinds and types of biases: racial biases, political biases, gender biases, sports biases, to name only a few. Surely, one of the greatest biases of all is the “bias of the current”, which is simply the predisposition to judge recent issues and people as more significant than issues and people of the past. In today’s hyper-fast-paced culture, “the past” may be as ancient as last week. While it is by no means healthy to be chained to the past, it is equally unhealthy to be ignorant of the times and people who have gone on before us. “New” does not necessarily equal meaning, just as “old” does not mean outdated or out-of-touch. Old truths are still true and therefore will always be meaningful.
Hebrews 6:11-12: “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” What follows in Hebrews 6 is the example of Abraham, and then in chapter 11 many more examples of those “who through faith and patience inherit the promises” are given so that we can imitate their faith and join them in the inheritance. If you wonder whether you should only look at Old Testament saints in this way for encouragement and imitation, Hebrews 13:7 says no, look also at those who taught you the Word and be inspired by their faith too. “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of [their] conversation.”
Of course, the ultimate example to which we look is Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith, who endured the shame of and death on the Cross on our behalf. “Consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds,” (Hebrews 12:3).
As believers, our desire should be to endure to the end for the glory of Christ and the cause of the Gospel, and we should desire to help others do the same. God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated, Cross-focused saints who have endured to the end provide guideposts for us to follow. They inspire us to press on through our own hardships. Scripture encourages us to do this.
Being a Christian in such a time as this is not easy. It is not meant to be easy, but we are not left without help. The Bible centers on a crucified, risen, and reigning Christ, and is full of promises and principles for every crisis. Plus, the history of God’s people is full of empowering and encouraging examples of those who proved that the grace of God is sufficient to enable us to endure to the end. Build upon the line of faith set before you by studying Biblical characters, and by reading biographies of Christians who have gone before us, and, by the power of the Holy Spirit within you, do likewise.