But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10
The New Year ushers in so many hopes and promises. Resolutions with expectations of some sort of restoration tied into the starting or quitting of a habit or activity. I am not one for making resolutions, although I am definitely not immune from the thought of quitting. As a Christian, (anyone who calls Christ their Lord and Savior), this word is not an option. In fact, it is in the daily struggles and wrestling with life that the concept of quitting becomes very real. Quitting should be a familiar foe but has no place in the Christian playbook.
The past two plus years have been the most difficult time of my life. There has not been a day where I would like to put into play “The Quit”. While I have a trunk full of reasons, it is not an alternative. The word cannot exist in the vocabulary of an “effective” Christian life.
Eleazar: (One of David’s Three Mighty Men): He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. 2 Samuel 23:10
Quitting is an easy thing to do. At times there are valid reasons (excuses in disguise) and it is the expected behavior. Although, when a tough situation is thought out, lived through and experienced, it forges the soul. Then the experience survived becomes not only a lesson for life, but an example and a way lived. Like Eleazar, you couldn’t quit as you are stuck to the task.
W. Glyn Evans: “I must adopt an aggressive stance in my determination to possess everything Jesus died for. Satan will see to it that if he cannot keep me from accepting Jesus, he will do everything he can to keep me from using Jesus.”
Call it what you want: Quitting, abandoning, vacating, walking out, deserting, leaving, resigning or giving up. These are all devastating words and when you live for Christ they have no part in your relationship with Him. Live for Christ now, make a difference now and never quit!
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9