DON'T GROW WEARY, THIS IS A LONG RACE.
Many believers approach their Christian life like everything is a 100-yard dash to be completed quickly and then on to something else. I have seen it in their approach to Bible studies, Discipleship Training Material, reading the Word, confessing sins with an attempt for quick repentance, and many other disciplines of the faith.
The Christian life however covers three areas. The 1st of course is basic and it is the starting point. It is important how we start. START RIGHT! I know people who prayed prayers but without a heart of faith. therefore not having any change of heart or character. We must be sure of our salvation experience. The 2nd is to RUN RIGHT! There is SO much I can say about this, however I want to go to the 3rd area of importance. We must END RIGHT! Too many believers are falling by the way-side and not finishing the race, not keeping the faith, not being steadfast.
The second area of important is one of running the long race correctly. We need to be a people that no matter what we have determined that we are in this thing to the end. I have run a lot in my life. I use to have a running program of 5 miles 3 times a week with an intense exercise program the rest of the week.
When I started running I certainly did not start running 5 miles. In fact I would run 1/4 mile and then walk 1/4 mile each day. Then I would add to it. Once I got to 5 miles, I no longer wanted to add any more distance. I wanted to add speed each time I ran. In my mid thirties I was quite fast. Then something happened, I quit running. After almost 35 years, I recently started walking and riding a bike, and I am fining it harder to stay focused as it was in my 30's. It is also much more painful starting again.
What does all this mean spiritually? We need to approach each day in our Christian walk as a long marathon that lasts for years and years and not as a 100-yard dash. Each thing we do should build on another to strengthen us spiritually for the next day.
Galatians 6:9 ESV And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV (13) As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.