Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
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A man tells this story about his conversion to Christ:I’m a big guy, and I have always been pretty good with my fists. One night in a bar fight, I punched a man and he died. That landed me in prison for seven years. The first night out of the slammer, I still felt like I could take on anything, and I got very drunk. In the middle of the night, I found myself stumbling across a field; and then I fell down. When I tried to get up, I couldn’t. All at once, I heard a voice ask me, “What now, little man?” But there was nobody around. It finally dawned on me that maybe it was God speaking. I’d never been a churchgoer, but I tried to pray. When I was finally able to get up, something had changed. I became a Christian that night.Now consider this account from another man:My parents were Christians. I can’t point to any specific time that I became a Christian. It seems as if I always have been. They took me to church from the time I was born; and when they told me about Jesus, I believed them. Oh, I went through a period of questioning my religion when I was in college; but I was just moving from my childish understanding of Christ to a more mature one. I am more committed to Christ today than ever.Both of those men became pastors, but the first seemed the less likely candidate to be a servant of Christ. In our Bible Lesson the apostle Paul revealed what an unlikely candidate he was for that role, but Christ’s servant is exactly what he became.