Too soon to quit

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, November 04, 2019

Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:8

I saw a video on Facebook about people who thought there winning a race and started to celebrate prematurely, only to lose the race because the person that was behind them crossed the finish line because they did not quit. In one case, a runner had a sizable lead ahead of his competitor. He stopped running to look around and engage the spectators with his hands lifted up. The competitor kept on running, and by the time it was all said and done, the competitor won the race because the person that was leading quit too soon.

It is always too soon to quit on anything. Before we start anything, we should have a strategy to bring it to completion, notwithstanding the pressure to give up. Some people use quitting a strategy to avoid potential disaster. In so doing, they forego the lessons they could learn, the wisdom they could gain, and the strength they would have developed through perseverance.

In today’s text, the writer reminds us to “not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we do not give up.” I forfeited many blessed in life and ministry because I gave up too soon. Quitting too soon hinders God’s perfecting work in us.

One of the reasons the text says not to get tired of doing good is because humans are result-oriented. Most people are more focused on the result than the process. We get excited about the destination; however, we bemoan the journey. The majority of us want to go to heaven, but most of us do not want to die; and the rest do not want to live in obedience to God to go to heaven.

Sometimes the blessing is the journey. It is in the struggle that our best qualities are perfected. God uses pruning so we can be more fruitful. Those who quit during the pruning wither and die.

We should not get tired of doing good because doing good is the end in itself. A husband should never get tired of honoring his marital vows—for example—even when the thrill and excitement are not so evident in the marriage. A single Christian woman should never give up on protecting her purity no matter how old or desperate she becomes. God may be preparing to give her a Boaz as he did for Ruth.

Many ministries have failed because their leadership gave up too soon. It is the businesses or organizations that endure financial uncertainties that become more profitable. I read this weekend that Twitter had its first profitable quarter this past month since its inception. I remember reading last year that many “financial experts” called for the dismantling of Twitter because it was bleeding money. With over 500 million users, I think twitter will be a financial giant for years to come.

One of the biggest challenges for Christians is to understand the difference between quitting and repositioning. When we stop a work of the ministry because it’s not growing as expected, or walk away from a marriage, or give up on our children, or stop praying because our answer is delayed, or stop serving because we are not getting the recognition we covet, we are quitting too soon. However, when we change position in organization, or change strategy to make a ministry more effective, or retire at the appropriate time so we can pursue other interests, we are repositioning ourselves.

Quitting is the result of frustration and disappointment. Repositioning comes out of a desire to bear different fruits for the same harvest. When we become discouraged in life or in an area of ministry, we have to pray for the strength to persevere. Then, if God decides to give us another assignment, we will be repositioned for success and fruitfulness.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the courage and discipline to stay the course, so we do not quit too soon.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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