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Text:: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” - Matthew 24:12, 13.

Comment: That we have been called to inherit eternal life does not mean that the race of salvation would be a jolly and rosy one all the way. There would be moments of anguish, unhappiness and misery. Scripture says that we are “not only to believe on him (Jesus Christ), but also to suffer for his sake”. (Philippians 1:29. See also Acts 14:22) This suffering may involve the loss of loved ones or of personal property. There would even be risks to our lives. To surmount the challenge requires faith in God, obedience to His word, prayers, and continuing in the way of life until the end.

Jesus Christ in his message to the Church at Ephesus commended their labour, patience and non-compromise with false teachers, etc. But the Lord chastised them for having forsaken their “first love”. He charged them thus, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” - Revelation 2:1-5.

Unlike Lot's wife, who initially obeyed and left the city only to become despondent as to lose focus, we should instead rekindle our zeal, re-ignite our faith and resolve to serve God the more, even better than when we started. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed...” - Romans 13:11-14.

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