SINCE THERE ARE A LOT OF SUFFERING AND EVIL, WHAT HOPE IS THERE TO HOLD ON TO?

Reading the news can be an unhealthy exercise.
From fear to being drained, the emotions that arise can take a toll on the reader.

Conflict. Calamity. Crisis. Catastrophe.
These are a few of what you are bound to read.

Paul declares in Romans 8:18-21:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

There is something we can hold on to.
There is something we can hope for.

In his book Simply Christian, N.T. Wright talks about what he would call “echoes of a Voice”. Throughout human history, inside the human heart, we find something that resonates and something that we can all agree on. These would include a quest for spirituality, a longing for justice, a desire for relationships, and a delight in beauty.

QUEST FOR SPIRITUALITY

Dr. Larry Crabb says that the human heart is “hopelessly religious.” We want to worship something or someone. From an NBA player to an achievement, from career to a special someone, from wealth to even ministry. We all are on a quest to find some sort of spirituality.

LONGING FOR JUSTICE

When a young girl is raped and killed or a baby is abused and neglected, there is something inside of us that want justice. No one looks at the situation, glosses over it and moves on with life. Something is stirred in our hearts. We long for justice.

DESIRE FOR RELATIONSHIPS

We will hear quotes like “no man is an island” by John Donne or “Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend” by Albert Camus. These and more are evidences that relationships are part of being human. But no matter how hard we try, certain relationships still end up in some form of dysfunctionality or brokenness.

DELIGHT IN BEAUTY

We are, unequivocally and beyond question, enamored by beauty. From the sunrises to the sunsets, from the face of an infant to the face of a well-adorned bride, from the amazing outlay of the ocean depths to the breathtaking views from the mountain tops, we desire to not just capture the memory but also the moment.

However, no matter how hard we try, we cannot seem to capture the grandeur of the landscape, the angelic voice of an opera singer, the laughter of a toddler or the embrace of a father to his daughter he is giving away in marriage. We take a photo or even a video. It gives us a glimpse of what transpired, but there is absolutely no possible way to seize the moment.

THE GOSPEL

All these “echoes” are met by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are on a quest for spirituality. In Christ, we have access back to the Father.
We have a longing for justice. In Christ, all injustice and wickedness have been placed on Him. And there will be a day of recompense where all is going to be made right.
We have a desire for relationships. Through Christ, we have been reconciled back to God. And now, we have been given a ministry of reconciliation and forgiveness.
We have a delight in beauty. Because of what Christ did, a time will come that everything will be returned to its original purpose and design. Beauty is going to be restored permanently.

This is the Christian hope that we hold on to. Paul said it in Romans that this is the hope we have – creation will be set from the bondage of decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Is this what you are holding on to?

52 BIBLE VERSES TO MEMORIZE

Through the years, there have been Bible verses that have helped me in my walk with God. And when they do, I commit them to memory so that I can pull them out during the times when I feel I need them.

The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit.
An undrawn sword has no ability to slay the enemy.
We have been given a powerful tool to defeat the enemy when he tries to sneak in some lies.

There was an article that was written by Dr. Garry Friesen and published in the October 1981 issue of Moody Monthly that helps us commit Scripture to memory.

1. Set time goals rather than number goals.

Rather than endeavoring to memorize a number of verses by the end of a period, set a number of minutes per day to memorize Scripture. You may stay with a verse for several days but when you set aside for 5 minutes per day, you will have a greater chance of success of making this a long-lasting habit.

2. Read, don’t cram.

Dr. Friesen said that this approach is “like cars on an assembly line—steadily being built rather than thrown together in a hurry.”

Read them a few times and then leave it for the next day. We give up altogether when we try to force verses into your memory all at once by saying them thirty or more times in one sitting. It would be much easier to read the new verse thoughtfully and slowly and then set it aside until the next day.

3. Use a dependable review system.

Some use index cards.

Others put it in their Evernote.
Still, others put it on their desktop wallpapers.

But whatever it is, find what would work best for your schedule, routine and lifestyle.

Below is the list of 52 verses that helped me through the years. Hope you’ll find these helpful as well.

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2 Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8,9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Isaiah 40:28.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
John 14:6.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Jeremiah 32:17
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Psalm 30:5
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning
Psalm 138:8
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
Psalm 77:14
You are the God who performs miracles.
John 16:33.
In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!
Psalm 20:7.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God
Psalm 121:3.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Isaiah 26:3.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Psalm 54:4.
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Psalm 73:23.
I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
Psalm 30:5.
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 100:5.
The Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
1 Cor 15:58.
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Prov 16:7.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
Is. 43:2.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
Psalm 84:11.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalm 16:2.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
Isaiah 41:13
I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Philippians 4;6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Deuteronomy 8:18
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.
Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Isaiah 40:31
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
1 Peter 5:5
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Isaiah 59:1
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
Matthew 18:19
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Psalm 103:1-5
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jeremiah 31:3-4
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

FAILURE DOESN’T MAKE YOU A FAILURE

This week, I heard about many students who felt discouraged after they didn’t make it to the university that they applied for. They felt that their dreams have been dashed.

There are those who started the year with bad news – losing a loved one.
Others, business hasn’t been growing. In fact, it’s been taking a nose dive.

But whatever our situation may be, know that our current reality does not determine our identity.

Jesus does.

Neither does your past failures.
Your past doesn’t determine who you are.

Being “in Christ” determines our identity.

Our theme this week for our prayer and fasting globally is “In Christ.”

“In Christ” determines our new identity. Being in Christ not only redefines who we are, but it also supersedes all other possible definitions. Gender, culture, nationality, ethnicity, political affiliation – every label is secondary and subservient to our identity in Christ.” (Ephesians: In Christ Manual)

Remember, His image is stamped on you. Who you are is because of who He is not what you have done or have failed to do.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

HOW TO BE BLESSED THIS 2018


What does it mean to be blessed? Different people have different definitions of what it means to be blessed.

– Getting a parking in SM Megamall on a Sunday?
– Buying the bag you’ve always wanted on sale?
– Landing your dream job?
– Getting your dream house paid for?
– Finally getting a boyfriend?

Psalm 1:3 tells us that a blessed man is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLESSED?

Fruitful.
A blessed person is fruitful. This doesn’t just speak of material blessings for it goes way beyond that. Fruit is excess life. Fruit comes when there’s life. A blessed person is a person full of life where people desire to be with.

Flourishing.
A blessed person is like a tree where its leaves don’t wither. He is sustained because it is connected to the life source – water. You and I will only be able to flourish and be sustained as we are connected to the Life Source – the Living Water, which is Christ.

Prosperous.
Success follows a person that is blessed. It happens because God is the One who leads him.

HOW TO GET TO THAT POINT?

How do achieve becoming a blessed person?

The Psalmist tells us first what he is not.

He does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.To walk with someone means to participate in whatever they’re doing. Furthermore, it means to do life with that person. A blessed man does not have those who reject God and His Word as his best friend.

He does not stand in the way of sinners.
To stand in the way means to be on the same path. They may not necessarily be the best of friends, but they end up doing the same things. They end up going the same direction as they do the same things.

Romans 1:32 (NLT) says, “They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.”

He does not sit in the seat of scoffers.
To sit in the seat of scoffers means to be in fellowship with them and embrace all that they embrace. They end up living the same values in the end.

WHAT THEN IS THE WAY TO BLESSING?

If there was a simple life hack to a blessed 2018, it would be this – delight and meditate.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law, he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)

A blessed man delights and meditates in God’s Word. They go hand in hand like pen and paper, comb and hair, lock and keys, ball and glove. The more we delight in God’s Word, the more we will meditate. The more we meditate, the more we will delight in it.

But this will have to stem from a relationship with God. Apart from a relationship, it will be a chore and an obligation.

Think of a young man pursuing a girl in courtship. He can’t keep himself from being with her and talking to her. He loves to talk to her and so does she. Communication is key to any relationship. Without communication, it will die.

We speak to God through prayer and God speaks to us through His Word. But without the relationship, reading the Bible will become a duty because we have to read it rather than a desire to do so.

As we read, let’s meditate on God’s word. The word meditate is synonymous with the word ruminate where it literally means ‘to chew the cud.’ Sheep, goat, giraffe and the like have chambers in their stomach called the rumen where they keep the food and regurgitates it back to their mouth for chewing. The process is repeated many times.

To meditate on the Word is to read the Word, hide it in our hearts then bring it back to our mouths to speak it and back into our hearts to reflect on.

As we begin 2018, let us endeavor to meditate on God’s Word in a greater measure. Remember what Joshua 1:8 says.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

 

AS THE YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE…

As 2017 comes to a close, it is natural for one to reflect on what God has done in him, for him and THROUGH him.

Reading through Judges 10, in 5 verses, 2 lives of leaders were mentioned. One of which had this description:

“After him arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys, and they had thirty cities, called Havvoth-jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. And Jair died and was buried in Kamon.” (Judges 10:3-5)

Many other judges and leaders were mentioned in that particular book in the Old Testament. Their lives, families and what God had accomplished through them were listed. But these were all that was mentioned about these 2 guys. Maybe the author of the book didn’t have the information or maybe not much was accomplished in their lifetime than just what was mentioned.

It made me think that when my life is over, what will people remember? Thirty children? That I rode thirty donkeys and ruled thirty towns?

What is my significant contribution to the Kingdom of God?
What will people remember about what God did through me?
Who are the people I helped in my lifetime?
How is the world a better place because of me?
Did I fulfill my purpose?

We are not merely called to live life to the fullest but more so to live it according to His purpose.
His divine vocation is more important than our personal aspiration.

WHEN YOUR CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCE DISPLAY THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF A FUTURE PROMISE

What do you do when your current circumstance display the impossibility of a future promise?

This is a valid question. We are faced with a garden variety of situations where our faith is challenged.

God said that He will provide but my mom’s hospital bill has now ballooned to 3M pesos.
God said that He is the Prince of Peace, but there’s so much conflict in our family today.
God said that if I believe, I will be saved together with my household. But my kids are in bad company and are not walking with God.
God said that He gives wisdom to those that ask, but I have messed up every time I got into a business endeavor.

Luke 1:5-25 narrates to us the story of Zechariah. The Bible says he was righteous, walked blamelessly and obeyed the commandments of the Lord. (1:6). But in spite of that, not every prayer item in their list had been checked off.

It is possible for one to live for God yet not have all his prayers answered. The goal is not the gift but the relationship with the Giver. Our relationship with the Giver is more important than the gift itself.

The Israelite nation hadn’t heard from God in 400 years. It’s been 4 centuries since God has spoken through a prophet. The last one was Malachi. But just because He is quiet, it doesn’t mean He has forgotten. He is faithful to fulfill His promises to His people.

Zechariah asked God how can they have a baby for they were in their old age. God was going to fulfill His promise. He will accomplish all that He said He would. It was just a matter of time. And He doesn’t necessarily reveal everything at one time.

There are things we don’t know, can’t know or won’t even know until the proper time. If God showed us everything He has planned in the next few decades, we might end up stressed, anxious or even fearful.

But at the end of his nine-month ordeal, he finally got it. God will accomplish what He wants to do. In the temple, Zechariah doubted. But after nine months, his faith grew and followed through with God’s instructions to call his son John though Jewish tradition dictated that the firstborn was to be named after his father.

Whatever failure we’ve made in the past, God can surely turn it around, covered by His grace. God can turn the marks of failure into memorials of grace.

As we continue with the Christmas celebrations this December, remember that God is faithful to keep His covenant promise even if we have been filled with unbelief.

WHEN WE THINK WE KNOW BETTER THAN GOD

What he thought was the greatest heist in the history of bank robbery became the dumbest.

McArthur Wheeler robbed 2 banks in Pittsburg in 1995. He had a gun but didn’t have a mask on. By 11:00 pm, his video taken by the CCTV camera was all over the news. By midnight, he was arrested. While he was being taken into custody, he was shouting, “But I wore the juice!”

Puzzled, the police asked him what he meant. Apparently, he learned that you can use lemon juice as invisible ink. So he smeared his face with lemon juice hoping that his face would be invisible to the bank security cameras. He was gravely mistaken.

This prompted 2 men, David Dunning and Justin Kruger, both from Cornell University to do a study which eventually became known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. It is when a person overestimates his ability. Those most lacking in knowledge and skills are least able
to adequately assess that lack.

We see this when we watch a basketball game where we feel we’re better than the players or in the America’s Got Talent where people who audition overestimate their talents.

It is possible to carry this over our spiritual walk with God. We think we can do a better job than God. We may not articulate it but we have definitely thought it.

“If only God gave me that promotion, I wouldn’t be in a financial mess today.”
“If only God provided us a baby, my husband and I would still be together.”
“If only God healed my mom of cancer, I wouldn’t be as messed up.”

This is the Dunning-Kruger effect at work spiritually.
But do we really know more than He does?

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT) says, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

We don’t see the end from the beginning, but He does because He is the Alpha and the Omega.
We don’t know how things will pan out for we don’t have the full view of the things to come.

But because He does, then we can have confidence as we trust Him with all our hearts, not leaning on our own understanding, trusting Him in all our ways so He can direct our paths. (see Proverbs 3:5-6)

RAISING SONS NOT SERVANTS

Raising next generation leaders is a lot like parenting.

Because leadership development is a process and not a one-time event, there are a lot of conversations, teachable moments and even correction that happen along the way.

I was speaking with Joseph Bonifacio, our Every Nation Campus Executive Director the other day on this exact topic. We were trying to assess our own leadership styles and the styles we’ve seen others employ.

There are those who are like policemen.
Policemen check if people are following the rules.
Policemen are quick to waive their badge to wield authority.
Policemen are swift in making judgments and giving penalties.

Don’t get me wrong. We need policemen. They maintain order and they bring a sense of security. They serve and protect.

However, when leading a church or an organization, leading as a father rather than a policeman is the better route.

A policeman leads with rules while a father is by relationship.
Both have a vision.
Both have a mission they want to accomplish.
Both have tasks.
Both have people they lead.
Both have people they are accountable to.
But one leads with rules and the other by relationship.

As Steve Murrell said in one of our Asian Pastors Equipping Conferences, “I know that Joey Bonifacio has said that discipleship is relationship. I am here to also say that leadership is relationship.” I couldn’t agree more.

As a result, I have to look at my own leadership and ask, “Am I raising sons or am I raising servants?”

Servants say, “We have to obey because Pastor Paolo is here watching.”
Servants say, “We need to do this because Paolo said.”
Servants say, “We are obliged to do this because that’s the policy.”

Policies should serve the people and not people serving the policies.

Sons have a different perspective.
Sons say, “I do this not because I have to but because I want to.”
Sons say, “It is my privilege as a son to serve in the house.”
Sons say, “I have responsibility and ownership because I am a son.”

A policeman will patrol, regulate, protect and enforce. They may end up having their objectives accomplished but in the end, will raise servants (obedient citizens) and never sons.

As a father, I want to raise sons who can think critically and lead in the future. Maybe even replace me and become way better than me.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE?

This is a question that every person will be confronted by at some point in their lives.

I went to a couple of funerals last week. While it is such a sad event and I sincerely am sorry for the loss of family and friends, I would dare say that I appreciate going to them as well for I am confronted by this question every time.

In Quora, many attempted to answer this ever-intriguing query.

Here are a few answers.

“You’re assuming there is a purpose. Why do you believe there has to be? It’s possible – indeed, quite likely – that life has no purpose at all, any more than rocks or hydrogen atoms have a purpose.” – Frank

“There is no purpose to life in general. Individual people can have a purpose. Perhaps animals can, but we don’t know.” – Peter

“There is no purpose to life in general. You have to create a purpose for yourself. This is the hardest question each of us asks in our life. “What is my purpose?” From that flows: “Who am I? What do I want? Where will I go? Do I matter?” It’s not easy. This essentially is “staring into the abyss.”

But He who created us didn’t design us without purpose. Even British philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell said, “Unless you assume a God, the question of the purpose of life is meaningless.”

This means that if there’s no God, then there’s no grand scheme or significance to anything. You are a mere accident or a product of random choice. Thus, there is no right or wrong. If this is the case, why then ask the question of purpose?

But in Colossians 1:16, we are plainly told about what we were created to do.

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

All things were created BY Him, THROUGH Him and FOR Him.

You and I were created to bring Him glory.

This being said, we are to ask ourselves the question, “how then do I live my life in light of this?”

We are told that “whether we eat or drink, we do it for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). This spills over our workplaces, campuses, neighborhoods, reunions, family gatherings and athletic events. You don’t have to be a pastor to give Him glory. You don’t need to be a worship leader to worship Him. And you don’t have to be a missionary to fulfill His calling in your life. You can give Him glory wherever you are and whatever you are doing at the moment.

And in view of what God has done through Christ, in view of God’s mercy, we now offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, our true and proper worship. (see Romans 12:1)

I’VE BEEN WALKING WITH CHRIST FOR A WHILE, BUT WHY DO I STILL MESS UP?

I met with several men early this morning to study the Bible. We are currently going through the book of Galatians. As we went through chapter 2, we got to the point where Paul had to confront Peter because of his wrong behavior. (Galatians 2:11-14) Peter was clearly in the wrong, which was why Paul had to bring correction.

After this, one of the guys asked a question. “Peter has been walking with Jesus for quite a while. And this incident happens after Pentecost. Isn’t it discouraging that after all this time, we still mess up?”

True. We still mess up. And it sometimes feels like we move two steps forward and one step back. But here’s the deal: God is not done with us. Life is actually a series of midcourse corrections.

An airplane never gets to its destination in one straight line. It may veer a bit to the left or a lot to the right. But with the Pilot steering, midcourse corrections are made.

Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. The goal is not spiritual perfection but spiritual progress. The aim is to not to make a mistake but to relentlessly pursue Christ. The objective is not to never veer, but to stay the course. “He who calls us is faithful, and He will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

That’s what sanctification accomplishes.

At the end of Peter’s life, we are told by tradition that he was crucified for following Christ. And he asked to be crucified upside down because he didn’t feel worthy to die the same death as his Master.

He may not have started well. He may not even have been perfect in his walk with Christ. But he kept His eyes on Christ and stayed the course.

Remember, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)