Matthew 10:22 - Enduring with Christ!
Mat 10:22 (KJV) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's
sake: but [he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mat 10:22 (TEV) Everyone will hate you because of me. But
whoever holds out to the end will be saved.
Some common ways to translate [endures] in this context are
"remains faithful (to me)," "continues to trust in me," "stays strong in
his faith (in me)," "doesn't stop serving me." (UBS Translator
Obviously, the one who falls out of a race before reaching the
goal can never expect to receive the prize. To enter the race and to
remain in it are both essential to winning the race. It is not
sufficient to begin in the Christian way, we must remain in it "until the
day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6). [SDA Commentary]
Endurance grows out of commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus
predicted that his followers would be severely persecuted by those who
hated what he stood for. In the midst of terrible persecutions,
however, they could have hope, knowing that salvation was theirs. Times
of trial serve to sift true Christians from false or fair-weather
Christians. When you are pressured to give up and turn your back on Christ,
don't do it. Remember the benefits of standing firm, and continue to
live for Christ.
Standing firm to the end is not a way to be saved but the
evidence that a person is really committed to Jesus. Persistence is not a
means to earn salvation; it is the by-product of a truly devoted life.
[Life Application SB]
Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him.
[Matthew Henry Commentary]
The underlying principle here is timeless: God cares for those
who seek to serve him. [New Bible Companion]
Jesus promised hard times, but he also promised comfort. Are you
experiencing opposition for being a Christian but neglecting to accept his
comfort? Look forward to the day when you will no longer be persecuted
but will be rewarded for persevering. Let the reality of that reward
encourage you. [Inspirational SB]
Two frogs fell into a bucket of cream. They thrashed around and
tried to hop out. But they couldn't make it. Finally one of the
frogs got tired and quit. "What's the use?" he said. So he flipped
his flippers one last time and then sank to the bottom in despair.
However, the other frog was tougher. He said, "I may not make
it out of this bucket either. But I'll go down kicking." So he
kept on kicking. And soon, to his surprise, the cream turned to
butter. With his feet on a chunk of it, he jumped out.
Both frogs could have failed. One did, and one didn't. Why?
Do you sometimes feel like one of these frogs? What do you think
you could do to make sure you keep "kicking" and don't give up?