All entrepreneurs who are successful will say the same thing–that giving up was never an option. They may have failed time and time again, but they never gave up. Our hope in Christ requires the same of every believer. We don’t have the option of giving up. We must not give up on the church. We must not give up on God. We must not give up on serving others.
Peter says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises. . . ” (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV). Peter also says that steadfastness is a must.
Try to think about the disciples in the Bible who gave up and quit. It’s challenging to think of a list. They were so committed to the cause of Christ that they remained faithful even when tortured. It takes tremendous strength to keep pressing on, not knowing what the earthly outcome will be. But they stayed focused on the goal of heaven and God blessed the church!
There’s a common phrase that’s used in wedding vows–“for better or worse, in sickness and in health.” In other words, no matter the season, I will remain committed to you. Circumstances don’t change our loyalty to God and His church. When this is the case, the kingdom is blessed with fruitfulness.