2 Timothy 2:1-5 “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs-he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.”
Our personal victory comes in the enduring of hard times, and knowing that if we remain steadfast in our faith, that we will live and reign with Christ forever! Listen to verses 11-13. “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us: 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” God will stay true to His promises, the good and not so good. All he requires of us is faithfulness to His commands. That is a comfort to me, but it is also a warning if I choose not to obey.
I choose reigning with Him in heaven for eternity as my victory. How about you?