Why this is important: Jesus the Messiah supremely displays God’s patient character in his work of salvation. The patience of Jesus the Messiah is seen in his relationships with people and in his perseverance through trial and suffering to death.
As we go about our daily work, we need the patience of Jesus. Perhaps we have encountered a upset customer. Jesus is there to show us patience and compassion.
As a disciple of the Messiah, I am called to demonstrate patience in all my relationships and circumstances. Jesus has shown me His mercy. I must show patience to all I have a relationship with as well. Work can be a challenge most days.
- Patience is the way of Jesus.
- Patience leads to salvation.
Jesus the Messiah’s patience brings about God’s salvation.
Why? I ask that a lot. Why, why, why?
- It feels like things are moving slowly.
- Is it that God is slow, or God is patient?
- God is good. God is love. God is patient. God is merciful.
Jesus shows us all His perfect patience. Jesus wants us all to come to God. God is so merciful to me. It is stunning. I am overwhelmed by it because I certainly don’t deserve it.
- 1 Timothy 1:16 (NASB) — Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus the Messiah might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
- Romans 2:4 (NASB) — Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
- 2 Peter 3:15 (NASB) — And regard the patience of our Master as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you.
Faith at Work: Our faith at work is proved by our patience at work. We must be last so that Jesus can be first. Leading with Jesus means leading with patience.