Ernesto Malinowski was a builder of railroads in South America. He was once a member of a group that was asked about the possibility of building a railroad through the Andes Mountains in Peru. After several lengthy discussions and heated debates, all of the engineers gave up except one: seventy-two year old Malinowski. His enthusiasm and energy prevailed because he believed in the impossible.
When completed the project included sixty-two tunnels, thirty bridges and was stopped twice because of wars. By Malinowski’s refusal to quit, he motivated a group of fellow believers who followed his passion and overcame every obstacle and problem. Through his leadership, commitment and faith made it possible to transport the natural resources of the inland cities to the coastal cities and shipped around the world.
Standing firm in our loyalty to Christ is often difficult and at times, discouraging. However, we need to remind ourselves of the words written in Hebrews that when we “are exposed to public ridicule...trust in the Lord and remember the great reward it will bring.”
God’s rewards will come as a result of our endurance and faithfulness.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to stand firm in our faith and to be God-honoring and Christ exalting in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Hebrews 10:32-36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.