The Christian life is hard. It takes a certain grit to live the life God calls us to live. Grit to get through the trials, temptations, sufferings, and persecutions of this world in a Christlike way. The Bible is full of examples of people and various other texts describing how living a godly or holy life will bring hardships. One only has to look at the life of the prophets in the Old Testament and Jesus’ life in the Gospels to realize the Christian life isn’t all health, wealth, and material blessings. Paul says that all who desire to live a godly life should expect to suffer. It takes true grit to endure that kind of life.
The author of Hebrews describes the type of grit a Christian needs to have to live a life that glorifies the Lord.
Hebrews 12:3–17 (ESV)
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
The person who desires to live a life of godliness must have grit. The dictionary defines grit as having courage and resolve. It is a sign of strength, not just physically sometimes, but spiritually. How you endure trials and even discipline from the Lord reveals your character.
Will you buckle under the weight of sin? Will you press on toward the prize of the upward call of Christ? If you long to be like Christ, pick up your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees. Strive for peace and especially holiness. Remove any roots of bitterness so that you may not become defiled. Don’t even be like Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. He didn’t endure. He didn’t have grit. When he had later desired to inherit the blessing from his father… well, he was rejected. He found no chance to repent.
Therefore, work hard. The Christian life requires grit. Be strong and courageous. Press on Christian Soldier. Forward unto Christ-likeness.