We are on the subject of “I Quit.” In our last Weekly SERMON cover letter we began to look at the question, what will happen if you quit. Remember this “Quitters never win and winners never give up or quit. Proverbs 24:16 tells us, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:” In I Corinthians 4:2 we read, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Here are the first three points:
FIRST: You leave others wondering why you gave up on them.
SECOND: You hinder your own spiritual growth. I have watched quitters begin to die spiritually. The Cross no longer moves them as their first love begins to fade.
THIRD: You discourage others who are still serving. You matter, and your quitting can have serious adverse effects on others.
FOURTH: You lose your influence. Whether you are a leader, teacher, Pastor, parent, etc., never underestimate your influence. People are looking to you. When you quit, you can no longer influence people who need you. The most powerful tool we possess is our influence. It is hard to gain but easy to lose. Quitting destroys the influence you have labored to gain.
FIFTH: You encourage others to quit. Quitting can be contagious. There have been times when one worker quit, and there was a chain reaction. Others suddenly were tempted by the actions of one. By quitting you cause others to consider doing the same. You leave a heavy burden upon the others (maybe the few) to carry the burden, trying their best not to be discouraged and at the same time seeking to be an encouragement to those who are left. Do not be a stumbling block.
SIXTH: You create a void. Who will fill your spot? Do you realize that in filling your spot another spot may be left open? Perhaps another Sunday School class or another function in the Lord’s work will suffer or won't get started because your place had to be filled by someone else.
SEVENTH: You become vulnerable to destruction by the Devil. It is when a soldier is not watching that he is often most susceptible to being wounded. If you stop working, you may lose some of the awareness that keeps temptation at bay. Consequently, the things of the world may become more attractive than spiritual things, and you may fail to do what you know you should be doing to live for Christ.
EIGHTH: You cause people to wonder if you care. A child begins to wonder if anyone cares for him. You have come into his life, and he wants to believe that you are different and that you really do care about him. Quitting will answer that for him. He will see you as just another adult who has left him feeling that he is not important. Are you sure you want that?
NINTH: You stop learning when you stop serving. In serving you learn about Christ Jesus as a Servant, and there is much to learn. The way we learn all we ought to learn is by being a servant and not just a spectator.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the message from the series “The Book of Joshua” from Joshua chapter 2, “The Scarlet Cord.”
In His Amazing Grace,
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