As prominent pastors continue to fall left, right, and center, I’ve been thinking a lot about the verse: “He who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). “To the end” are the words that haunt and challenge me. “To the end” is all that matters. If I don’t make it “to the end,” better never to have begun.

I don’t believe this is an unhealthy focus or fear. Even the Apostle Paul said: “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).

I think of the millions of unknown Christians who live unheralded lives of unimpeachable integrity and die beautifully in faith. Then I think of well-known pastors who fall into gross sin and bring dishonor upon the cause of Christ.

Better to live unknown and die in faith, than to live well-known and die in disgrace.

My new motto for the rest of my days: “To the end. To the end. To the end.”

  • Homeschool on the Croft

    On the day our Wee guy was born and I thought I was dying, I remember very clearly praying in thanks to God that He was going to take me Home ‘le mo chasan glan’…with my feet clean. I was almost overwhelmed that by His grace, I had been kept. Of course, I lived, but it’s my constant prayer that I might be kept so when I do indeed come to dying, I may be able to say the same. We long to have honoured our Saviour all out days, and dread the thought of dishonouring Him.

    • David Murray

      A beautiful prayer Anne. So glad you are still with us!

  • David Sunday

    I’m with you on this, David—may we daily draw upon Christ for the grace to endure to the end!

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