Although this is most especially true of pastors and elders, it ought to be something that describes every believer. We are willing to endure hardship for the sake of family; we are willing to endure insult for the sake of a noble cause; we are willing to endure discomfort for the sake of a friend; are you willing to endure all the hardship of life for the sake of a fellow believer?

Will you endure a situation where it is all give and no get at church because you are that intent on encouraging the saints? Will you endure encouraging a Christian friend who still thinks you are the biggest problem in the relationship? Will you endure the immaturity of a new convert because you know that Christ will be formed in him over time?

2 Timothy 2:9-10 is written in many ways of a missionary sharing the Gospel to the unsaved who are nonetheless chosen by God for salvation. But the wording applies equally well to every Christian serving faithfully while awaiting another believer’s glorification.

The word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

2 Timothy 2:9a-10

If God is enduring in His love for us, shall we not also endure everything for the sake of His other chosen ones?