It’s Always Too Soon to Quit

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NLT).

The difference between faithful people and unfaithful people is that faithful people don’t give up at the first sign of difficulty. They keep on keeping on. Faithful people are determined. Faithful people are diligent. Faithful people are persistent. Faithful people don’t know how to quit. You know how a little acorn becomes an oak tree? An oak tree is just an acorn that refused to give up. 

I’m not that smart, but I do know one thing: It is always too soon to quit. You are never a failure until you quit, and it’s always too soon to quit. God uses tough times to test our persistence. 

When we started PBC, I preached the first sermon to 7 people!

I thought when we started here we’d grow quickly. We went 2 years without a worship pastor or student pastor. In the first year of our service here, we used 3 rooms of our facility. One LifeGroup, Wednesday night in the church library, and the sanctuary. You know how many times I felt like giving up? Nearly every Monday morning! But I don’t know how to quit. And God said, “Rodney, if I never give the church any more members, would you still serve me?” And I said, “Absolutely!” 

PBC is continuing to grow.  From 7 to 55 plus and kids and students coming and hearing God’s Word. To God be the glory!!! But everyone has rolled their sleeves up went to work.

First on getting the facilities back up to a good working standard and then developing a strategy to grow. It took hard work and sometimes it was tough. God uses tough times to test our persistence. 

If you’re going through tough times right now, then this Scripture is for you: “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NLT). 

God is more interested in what you’re becoming than in what’s happening to you. He often allows trials, troubles, tribulations, and problems in your life to teach you diligence, determination, and character. The problem you’re going through right now? It’s a test of your faithfulness. Will you continue to serve God even when life is tough? 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV). 

Talk It Over

Why do you think God is more interested in what you’re becoming than in what’s happening to you? 

How will knowing God is working in your difficult circumstances change the way you’ll respond to them?
 
In what situation are you ready to give up? What will it take to trust God as you persevere through this situation?

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