~ Today’s Scripture Art and mini Bible study will discuss the 4 best go-to Bible verses to help you finish well when you are ready to quit. ~
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For all the church-volunteer quitters …
I’m sure we’ve all been there at one time or another. I know I have.
But we have all been called to serve our local church.
Galatians 6:10 (CSB): Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
My guess is that your church offers plenty of opportunities.
And many times we jump on one of those opportunities all gung-ho, only to fizzle out before the job is done.
Is there a way to stop tiring out and finish well?
As we try to fulfill our calling to be a greeter, a committee member, a nursery worker, or fill-in-the-blank, we will more than likely come up against one or more of these finish-well-killers …
Maybe you’ve grown tired and weary in your church-volunteer role.
Or overwhelmed with the role.
Or felt not even remotely qualified.
Or had frustration over less-than-stellar results. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Or had the job end up not being what you expected.
Or felt unappreciated. (Hebrews 6:10)
Are these signs that it’s time to quit?
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you not to quit. But I am going to tell you not to quit right away.
First, walk with me through some amazing Bible verses to help you finish well.
4 Actions to Take When You Want to Quit
1. Wait for the Lord
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV): but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Take time to wait before the Lord in prayer. And keep in mind that the word “wait” implies a good bit of time. Don’t rush this step. He purposely wants you to spend lots of time with Him.
The reason you have grown weary could be because the Lord wants to be the One to renew your strength.
He may want you to experience the miracle of running and not growing weary, walking and not growing faint – through Him.
He may want you to be able to proclaim to your church that you couldn’t have possibly done it on your own without Him.
2. Check Your Heart
Galatians 6:9 (NASB): Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
If you are losing heart, ask God to transform your heart and your desires to His.
Psalm 23:3 (ESV): He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 51:10 (ESV): Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 73:26 (ESV): My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
3. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT): …let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. […] Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Pop quiz – How do we run with endurance? ^
Answer – By keeping our eyes on Jesus.
And guess what we’ll see?
Mark 10:45 (ESV): For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Acts 20:35 (NLT): And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
4. Get a Prayer Warrior to Pray for You and Encourage You
Colossians 4:12 (NLT): Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God.
Wouldn’t you love for someone to earnestly pray that you’d follow the whole will of God?
And a few verses later there’s this encouragement …
Colossians 4:17 (ESV): And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
If you have received a volunteer ministry from the Lord, keep these four steps handy when you have struggles – because you will.
If you think (or hope) it might be time to finish a certain volunteer-role at church, use these “Finish Well” verses to help you make that decision – and feel good about it one way or the other.
Because eventually there will come a time to pass the baton.
But it may or may not be right now.
Take the time to seek the whole will of God before deciding. Even with “small” jobs.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,6,10 (ESV): For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Slow down and finish beautifully – in God’s timing.
*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!
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