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Ready to Quit? ‘Thus, the Cross’

QUITTING ON GOD

Of anyone we might quit on, we can be remarkably quick to quit on God.

In the workbook I co-authored, “Discipling Christians With the Spiritual T.E.A.M.” one of the weekly challenges is to pick your favorite television show that you watch each week, then for a period of one week, when that show comes on go spend that time in prayer. Over the years, it has been interesting to see the number of Christians who have quit the challenge at that point. For them, being asked to “sacrifice” their favorite TV show for just one week in order to spend time with God was just too much to ask.

The Bible inspires us with examples of people who didn’t have a quit point with God.

Abraham didn’t have a quit point, even if it meant sacrificing his own son to obey God.

Daniel didn’t have a quit point, even if it would mean a horrific death in a lion’s den.

Stephen didn’t have a quit point, even as stones pelted the life out of him.

And Jesus didn’t have a quit point, even though there was every reason, every right, every justification for Him to quit on us. Even though He had the human temptation to quit as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His persecution, Jesus didn’t have a quit point … thus the cross.

IS THERE A TIME TO QUIT?

Yes, two of them actually.

The first goes to the platitude we all hear often, that of “Never give up!” But sometimes we come to a realization that we’re headed in the wrong direction than God would have us go. Instead of forging ahead along the wrong path, we should quit and realign our direction with God’s leading.

Otherwise, there is a quitting time to this life, and that is the coming day when Christ relieves us from duty. Melvin Maughmer, Jr., tells the following story …

    • When I was in the U.S. Army, I remember we had to pull guard duty many times. The purpose of guard duty was to ensure that other soldiers, equipment, or areas were protected from the enemy. I can recall that in basic training, or boot camp, we had to memorize three General Orders and the first one was, “I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.”

When we were properly relieved, there was a password that was spoken between the person on guard duty and the one that was relieving them. If the improper password was given, you were not properly relieved. The safety of all that was being guarded depended upon you, the person on guard duty. If something went wrong or the enemy was able to get access into that which you were responsible for guarding, then you were held accountable and punishment was inevitable.

For Christians, we’re on duty as ambassadors for Christ in this world until Christ Himself gives us the password to relieve us. What is that password?

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

Until the day comes that you hear that shout from Jesus Christ, don’t quit on others, don’t quit on yourself, and most certainly do not quit on God! When it comes to having a quit point, follow in the steps of Jesus; while you may be tempted to quit, persevere in the purposes of God and for His glory, even if it means facing your own cross.

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies,” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne,” Hebrews 12:1-2.

This article originally appeared here.

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Dr. James Scott, Jr., is a minister, former church planter, Christian clinical therapist, certified Personal Trainer, and author. He currently serves as Founder and President of Scott Free Clinic, an international parachurch ministry. Follow him at ScottFreeClinic.org.