Episode ThemeServant-Working: Perseverance
My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.
Have you ever wanted to quit? Time for a Bible Quiz on Quitting!
Question 1: Did Abraham quit believing God’s promise about having a son of his own? (Genesis 18, 21)
Question 2: What did Jonah do when God gave him a job Jonah just didn’t want to do? (Jonah 1)
Question 3: Who was beaten, arrested, stoned, and hated by many people, but he refused to quit spreading the good news of Jesus? (Acts 16)
How did you do? Abraham faltered in his hope in God’s promise for a son, but he never stopped talking to God and trusting in God’s promises. When he was one hundred years old, Abraham and his wife Sarah had a son that they named Isaac. Jonah quit on God’s mission. God told Jonah to travel to Ninevah to tell the people about God’s judgment, but Jonah sailed in the total opposite direction. God didn’t give up; he used a storm and a huge fish to help Jonah get back to obeying. The apostle Paul never stopped telling others about salvation through Jesus Christ—no matter what happened to him personally.
Paul even wrote about not quitting on God. Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) What about you? The next time you are tempted to quit because something is hard or unfair, think about Paul. Think about the eternal reward of God calling you a “good and faithful servant.” Tell God you are tempted to quit; ask for his strength to help you carry on. God will help you—he never quits on us!