For 4 years now we have been telling you week after week that you do not need to quit. Today I want to encourage you to quit! It’s time to quit. I like the word linkage of Paul in Romans 13, “…knowing the time, that now it is high time” (vs. 11). While he is talking about the hour of our salvation it is also high time we consider some things we need to quit as ministers.
It’s time to quit being offended: So many of us are paranoid and therefore over analyze every comment about our work. We become easily offended and wear our feelings and even our outward emotions on our faces. Quit being easily offended. Trust that God will care for you and take care of you.
It’s time to quit looking for things to go bad, to quit seeing the problem in everything: God’s People, and especially His spokesmen have every reason in the world to be optimistic. We’ve read the end of the book, we know the glorious outcome, it’s time to quit living like we don’t know that, like the present with it’s problems and pressures is all there is. It’s time to quit finding the cloud in every silver lining and to be optimistic in every instance.
It’s time to quit worrying: I hope you know I’m preaching to myself in this too. Worry is a sin. Concern is not. But it is very easy for one to slip into the other. We are people of faith, it’s time to believe, and act like it, that God is in control. Our worry bleeds into our ministry effectiveness. It also causes our faith to leak which affects our souls, our own connection to and faith in God.
And when we quit these things we will find ourselves thinking less about quitting our ministry for the Lord on a Monday or a Thursday. May God bless you as you quit the right things.