What if Jesus had said, I quit, this is too hard?
Have you ever quit something you promised yourself you were going to do?
- I quit exercising regularly.
- I quit eating properly.
- I quit morning and evening devotions.
I started all the above with good intentions. I even applied grit and gumption. But alas I lacked carry through. I didn’t have enough discipline.
- Perhaps you promised to quit swearing.
- Perhaps you said you’d treat your spouse better.
- Perhaps you plotted a plan to escape a humiliating temptation.
But of course, it’s easier to quit a quest than to train yourself to persevere, isn’t it?
We hear a persistent, demoralizing whisper and too soon we find we give in and give up. Then, failure follows us like our shadow.
Oh, that we could exchange failure for success.
The truth be told, Jesus had many opportunities to quit. To fail. To give up. In fact, almost daily.
But Jesus stood firm, endured, and completed what he came to earth to accomplish—thus, he gives each of us chance after chance to come back to God.
Jesus never said, “I quit, this is too hard.”
What would it take for you to commit to something you had every intention of doing?
Up front I must tell you, rarely, if ever, was I able to carry through with anything on my own.
Being human, Jesus knew this so, he emptied himself of himself and became thoroughly dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power, instead of any physical power. Jesus persevered by surrendering to the will of His Father.
How do any of us push through and avoid the shame of failure?
The same way Jesus did.
Jesus made it clear, “Apart from me, you can accomplish nothing.” John 15:5.
- Peter learned this when he threw his fishing net on the other side of the boat.
- The blind man learned this when he washed the spit and dirt from his eyes at the pool of Siloam.
- The woman who spent all her money on expert wisdom learned this when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.
What would happen if you and I learned this?
What might Jesus do in us and through us?
- Could you learn to love others?
- Could you become amazed at Jesus’ presence and power?
- Could you finally realize you can only win as you’re connected to Jesus?
Are you afraid to allow Jesus to take control of you?
Jesus is your alternative to quitting.
Like the Apostle Paul learn to say, “I can do all things through Christ…”
Often times I have been frustrated by my inability to follow through with something I passionately promised I’d do.
Such as, treating others the way Jesus treats me.
Be kind. Bite my tongue before I say something I’ll regret. Driving stupid during rush hour traffic.
I’m realizing that everyday I am given chances to improve my behavior. And when I recognize these opportunities, I become more confident in Jesus’ ability to save me from myself.
What happens when anyone takes advantage of Jesus’ power and authority? Do this: Dare yourself to find out.
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