So far we have looked at how two of the three principles of the ministry mindset played out in the life of Joseph. Those two principles are what I call:
- The principle of faith: It tells us that everything God allows to happen in our lives is working to accomplish His good purpose for our lives (see Romans 8:28).
- The principle of Excellence: It tells us that everything we do we are to do with all our might because we serve the Lord and not man (see Colossians 3:23&24).
This brings us to the fourth principle of the ministry mindset which is found in Hebrews 10:35&36 and reads as follows:
10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:35-36 (Emphasis supplied).
I call this principle the principle of endurance because the counsel given in verse 36 says, For ye have need of patience. The Greek word used for patience means, to patiently endure with hope and joy. The rest of verse 36 goes on to say: that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Now let me explain exactly what Paul is telling us Hebrews 10:35&36. Paul tells us that our faith in God’s promises brings great reward (v.35). However, in order to receive the reward of those promises we must hopefully endure the trials we face in life (v.36). Then Paul tells us the reason we must hopefully endure the trials we face daily is because the reward comes as a result of this endurance: Paul tells us this when he said in verse 36, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
The question now is: What is the will of God? Paul answers that question in verses 38&39 of Hebrew 10 which reads as follows:
10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Emphasis supplied).
God’s will is that His followers should live by faith. However, this answer brings up another question. That question is this:
If you can live by faith why were the Hebrew believers ready to cast away or give up their faith (Hebrews 10:33-35)?
The answer to that question is this:
The Hebrew believers were ready to cast away their faith because their faith lacked the substance that is needed to live by the 3rd principle of the ministry mindset: To endure the trials that God allows with a steadfast hope.
Next week I am going to deal with how the 3rd principle of ministry mindset gives those who live by it the substance necessary to endure the trials we face with a steadfast hope. Until then I leave you with this passage of scripture to ponder and pray over:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (Emphasis supplied).