I was reading John Piper’s devotion today and this statement struck me true and clear. We cannot survive the journey without Christ for he is the one who gives the strength to endure and persevere. I don’t want to make it through life with plenty of strength left, but instead collapsing into the arms of the divine from joyful exhaustion.
The Christian convert as God’s new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) does not contain the power to persevere. Rather, the new creation contains the link to the one who daily provides the power to persevere. And that link is sure, Paul says, because it is sustained decisively by God, not man. This is why Paul insists, “God is faithful; he will surely do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:9).