Posted by: TLC Fellowship | November 27, 2012

Just When You Want to Quit…

By Pastor Howard Martin, Pastor of Evangelism at TLC Fellowship

“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”   ~ I Corinthians 15:58

I remember one day at work it seemed that everything that could go wrong, went wrong.  My computer locked up, negative co-workers seemed to be complaining in unison, and a host of other terrible things occurred. It was a day I would like to have forgotten.  In my moments of frustration and wanting to quit, I thought about how Jesus did not quit on the cross because he was having a bad day.  I thought, if Jesus had quit there would be no resurrection! Jesus reminded me that this job, with which I have been blessed, is not about me but what God wants to do through me.

Paul reminds the church at Corinth and us, that quitting is not an option.  Paul says, “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  Paul is telling us there are going to be some bad days. Some people are going to get on our last left nerve, talk about us, lie on us, and the list goes on. And it might seem to come from every area in our lives.

Paul encourages us to be steadfast, immovable, always excelling—to stand our ground in the midst of whatever presents itself.  We are not to waiver in our faith because we know what a mighty God we serve.  Our labor is not in vain because no matter how hard it might seem in our lives, or what challenges come our way, our work is not about us. It is about God.  When we focus on God we know our labor has meaning and purpose. Just when we want to quit, we are reminded that it is God who remembers and rewards our works accordingly.

Prayer:  Please Lord do not let us forget why we have been called by you.  Help us Lord to remember that no matter what comes against us, we should not quit! Like Paul we can, with confidence, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord because we know our work is not in vain. Amen


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