Don’t Quit!

Don’t Quit!

Do you watch the news on television or read the newspaper? I must admit to you that I often avoid viewing or reading about current events. Why? Isn’t so much of it depressing? There are disasters, murders, and missing children. Not to mention the crimes and abuse happening all around us. If that isn’t enough, there are people going to bed hungry and those who are suffering, sometimes at the hands of those who should care for them most.

It’s enough to make me want to throw up my hands and say, “I quit!” What’s the use of sharing about my faith? What can I really accomplish through my solitary feeble attempts?

Let me share with you some encouragement I’ve read lately in God’s Word.

“With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with His promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining Himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.” 2 Peter 3:8-9 The Message

I love the wording here in this verse – “He is restraining Himself…” Do we realize that God’s heart is broken when He looks at this suffering world? Yes, it’s true. He has the answer through His Son and is relying on Christians to get the word out. He is holding back, so I can have the opportunity to lead others to Him.

In Psalm 107:2, we’re encouraged to share: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say this-” (NIV) “All of you set free by God, tell the world!” (The Message)

God is just holding back the end of time so other lost people have the opportunity to come to Him. It isn’t His desire that anyone go into eternity without Christ.

But, I find myself questioning if I can truly make any difference in this huge undertaking to tell the world about Christ. Many don’t want to hear. Many reject. Many choose to stay in their sin rather than give it up for what will be ultimately better. Why continue to reach out when the world is so resistant and content to wallow in their circumstances? I’m commanded to do so.

Jesus’ last words were instructing us to go to all the world, spreading the gospel. He didn’t mince words, however. He warned that it wouldn’t be easy but to remember He has overcome the world.

I take encouragement from the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58. “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (NIV) “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” (The Message)

This verse just screams, “Don’t quit!” to me. The work and effort we make for the cause of Christ isn’t for nothing. God is restraining Himself from bringing on the end of time. We mustn’t hold back from doing all we can to bring the world to Christ.

So I say to you and to myself: Don’t quit! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

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Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

Comments

  1. Yes indeed! I so appreciate this post, Paula. We must never quit because we never know what God has used us to accomplish. I always like to think that when we get to heaven we’ll finally see the ways in which we made a difference that we never knew of.

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  2. Thanks Cherie. Yes, I think we might have that opportunity to see where we’ve made a difference. For now, all we can do is keep it up. We really do never know who we might have an influence on, pointing them to Christ.

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  3. Brooke Cox says:

    Quitting and feeling defeated is a tool of the devil. It keeps ups quit and others lost. But Christ has already won the battle. It up to us to spread the good news.

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  4. This is so true! Quitting is giving up. It’s admitting defeat. Why bother? What'[s the use? Just leave me alone and let me hide in my cozy little corner until Jesus comes. Been there…done that, and let me tell you, it’s a dark place to be. And I never want to be there again. I will not quit. I will never give up, or give in. God has placed me here for a purpose, and I’m trusting Him to keep showing me His will.

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  5. Brooke, I agree with you. Satan is so crafty and knows what will defeat me. We have to remember that he is a defeated foe.

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  6. Yes, Peg! If we had no purpose, God would have already called us home. As long as we’re here, we have a job. Glad you’ve experienced victory.

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  7. This is a great post, Paula. We need to remember that we can’t ever quit planting the seeds. That’s our job. It’s God’s job to see when and where they will grow, and sometimes, we just don’t know where some small seed we planted may yield a whole host of new believers!

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  8. Thanks Patti. You’re so right. We do our job and God takes care of the rest.

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