My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.–James 1:2-4
Every student of history should recognize the name Julius Caesar. Caesar was a military mastermind in the early century who conquered Gaul (modern day France) and even invaded Britain. Throughout Caesar’s many military advancements, he was known for his non-conventional methods of inspiring his soldiers. As his army crossed over into a new land, he led them onto a cliff overlooking the shores they had just come to. His soldiers were shocked to see their ships on fire. Caesar then told them that with no possible form of retreat, they were committed to the task of conquering the land, which is what they did.
Someone once said, “Commitment in the face of conflict creates character.” The weak and retreating soldiers do not win the battle, but those committed to fighting, like Caesar’s soldiers, gain the victory. Conflict proves who is committed to victory and who is simply along for the ride.
In our Christian battle, these truths can be seen as well. Those Christian soldiers committed to standing strong in the face of difficulties will win the battle, but those who run from the fight will see no victory.— difficulties will come— battles will be tough, yet God desires that we would endure the fight as good soldiers of the Cross. James puts it this way: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Patience and commitment through battles produces experiences that can later be used in the lives of others. Have you ever witnessed someone enduring a trial that you have already endured? Isn’t it nice to be able to help comfort them, and share with them your past victory? Only as we are faithful during our trials can we then use them later to help others.
Are you committed to fighting the battle you face? I don’t know what battle you are enduring or will endure, but victory will only come as you are committed to standing strong in the Lord and fighting.—You may not be facing a battle or trial right now, but one will soon come. Take time now, before the fight, to build up your faith and strength in the Lord. Spend time with Him each day. Make God a priority in your everyday life. Commit to standing firm in His strength even when the battle rages around you. Remember, commitment in the face of conflict creates character