Wednesday 6 July 2011

Going on when you feel like giving up

When are you most likely, or most tempted, to give up?

Maybe it is tiredness. When you can’t take even a step further. You have given it your all. You have come this far. But you can’t carry on.

Maybe it is pain. You were hurt by a bad experience or a bad relationship. You are broken. And the pain is unbearable.

When are you most likely to call it quits? I suggest to you that the answer is: disappointment. When you have been let down.

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

The apostle Paul says give it your all. Keep going. Don’t fall back. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord. Never stop investing your lives in Jesus.

Why? Because you know that nothing is wasted in Jesus. Your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

We are most likely to give up, when we look at a project or a job or a relationship and say, “This has been a waste of time. Nothing I can ever do will change this situation one single bit. It doesn’t make a difference whether keep going or just give up.”

The problem is not tiredness, or even pain. It is hopelessness and disappointment.

The bible is saying, when you feel that way about God, know this: Nothing - absolutely, nothing - is wasted in Jesus. You can trust in him fully. He will never let you down. Always give it your all in Jesus.

It means that even if you can only take one more step; that counts. Even if all you manage is one more day, Jesus makes that day worthwhile. Keep going. Keep trusting. Always give it your all in Jesus.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that Jesus makes this life worthwhile.

On the cross,
He defeated my sin, took my punishment and bore my death.
And I receive his righteousness, his life and his reward.

Help me to live this life to the fullest
In Jesus, my victorious Saviour
And my God.

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