• Jack Selcher

Too Soon to Quit

Perseverance endures and doesn’t turn back as many of Jesus’ disciples did (John 6:66). It trusts and obeys Jesus despite perpetual resistance. It strains to finish the race despite exhaustion. It plods on despite voices within and without that scream, “Stop!” You’ll be tempted to quit because you’re uncomfortable, unappreciated, unrecognized, unproductive, unsafe, unrewarded or your service is unsustainable.

You naturally desire comfort and pleasant circumstances. Everyone does. Unfortunately, God doesn’t promise a road with no potholes. Instead, He comforts you in the midst of adversity in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) through His promises (Psalm 119:50) and unfailing love (Psalm 119:76).

You’ll feel like quitting because others don’t appreciate what you’re doing. God cares about both how you serve Him and why. One “Well done!” from Him makes a lifetime of unnoticed service worth it (Matthew 25:21). Only His appreciation ultimately matters.

You might want to quit because your service brings no recognition. Jesus recognizes humble servants, who, like Him, don’t live to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:26–28).

You might want to give up because you aren’t making any difference. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9, NIV). You’re responsible to sow, and God is responsible for the harvest.

Don’t stop living for Jesus because it’s unsafe. Here and now, it might be, but it’s the safest thing you can do for the long haul. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36–37).

Feeling unrewarded tempts you to quit serving. Remember Whom you’re serving! “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV).

You might feel like quitting because you think you can’t sustain a life of self-sacrifice indefinitely. Not only can you (Philippians 4:13), but it’s also the only life worth living (John 10:10)! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources #perseverance

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