Don’t quit.

Posted: March 10, 2016 in TLCC
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I’ve been struggling lately.

It’s never easy being a pastor because as the study goes, God’s word speak first and foremost, to the man who reads. I find solace in reading His words, even when the waves come crashing down. Sometimes I wished I could separate the study of God’s word to my life, but it doesn’t work that way. He encourages me even as I prepare for a sermon.

There would be times when we want to give up. There would be times when we just wanna quit. We, however, are commanded not to quit.

I. Don’t quit even when Jesus cost you your relationships.

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:25-27

Jesus is saying that there will be a day when following Him would be a source of contention between us and our family. Look at it. One day, we will have to make a choice between Jesus vs. your dad, your mom, your wife, your children, your brothers and sisters. There will be a day where it is going to be a choice of Jesus vs. what you want. We will have to ask the question…

Which relationship is most important to me? Is it Jesus or my ______________ (fill in the blanks: (a) parents, (b) love life, (c) kids, (d) siblings, (e) self.)

Darrell Bock, says it this way: “The call to hate simply means to love less. The image is strong, but it is not a call to be insensitive or to leave all feeling behind. Following Jesus is to be the disciple’s first love. This pursuit is to have priority over family members and one’s own life, which means that other concerns are to take second place to following Jesus.”

Following Jesus is a tough choice. Jesus vs. Family. Jesus vs. Love life. Jesus vs. Self. Who would you choose? It’s harder than the question of who would you choose: Superman vs. Batman, or Captain America vs. Iron Man. 

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II. Don’t quit when Jesus cost you your resources

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Luke 14:28-30

Jesus is saying, before following Him, consider the cost. It’s going to cost you everything. It’s easy to commit to His Lordship, but maintaining that commitment is a different story. I like how Mark Driscoll put it. He describes being a Christian as a woman who gets married, or a soldier who signs up for a battle.

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You’re like a woman who is all about a wedding, but not about a marriage. You’re like a woman who really enjoys her wedding day, and then once it’s completed, tells her groom, “We’re getting a divorce today.” The groom’s bewildered. “What do you mean?” “Well, I look good in white, I really enjoy getting my photo taken, I have an affinity for cake, and it was nice to see everyone, but fifty years seems like a long time.” And see, the metaphor of the Bible continually is that we’re like a bride and Jesus is like our groom, and some of us just want to have a wedding, but we don’t want to have a marriage. Getting married is easy. Fifty years is hard. Right? You raised your hand for Jesus at youth camp, you came forward, got baptized at Mars Hill, you prayed the sinner’s prayer. Great, you got married. Now it’s fifty years of working it out.

Otherwise, you’re like a soldier, you sign up, you get your gun, you get your uniform, you go to the battlefield, you realize, “Oh, people could get hurt,” and you go home. And all the guys are looking at you like, ”What are you doing?” “Well, I look good in green and, you know, I thought it’d be good to hang out with the guys, but, you know, combat? I wasn’t signing up for that.” Yes, you were. When you put on the uniform, you were going to war. That’s the agreement.

III. Don’t quit because we are in a midst of a battle

Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:31-33

We are in a battle for souls. Every day, people die. Every day is one step closer to going home to be with the Lord. Do we live as if we are in a war? Do we really believe that we can be complacent and sit back and relax while the world is going to burn for eternity? If you won’t be a part of God’s plan, if you won’t use your skills and resources for His kingdom, then you are not really on the side of God here. You’re wasting your time and your money.

Disciples don’t quit. One of the root words for “disciple” is the same root for “discipline.” A disciple is disciplined. Getting married is easy. Staying married is hard. Gettin’ saved is easy. Being sanctified is hard. Makin’ babies is fun. Raising ‘em is work. And that’s life.

It’s either you’re for us or against us. We need to draw the line and choose a side. See which one would you want to be in. If you think that the other side is better, then join them. Don’t hinder those who are working because we are in a battle.

IV. Don’t quit because we become ineffective if we do

“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?

It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Luke 14:34-35

Christians are called to be the salt of the earth. If we quit now, we lose our taste. Don’t quit because quitting makes us ineffective on who we should be. (For more details on this, kindly check this blog post)

Don’t quit. Discipleship takes a lifetime. Be a disciple. Disciple others as well. Keeping the faith means not quitting til the end. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit.

I thought of quitting. God reminded me not to. Hope you don’t give up too.

Can you do me a favor? If these ideas resonate with you, would you:

• REACT. Do something.
• RESPOND. Leave a comment on this post.
• REPOST. Repost this link on Twitter, Facebook or your blog.

 

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