For some reason many Christians think that serving Jesus is supposed to be easy. I guess people think that if you are serving the Lord, then God is on your side and life will be smooth and easy. But that’s NOT how it is. When you are serving Christ, you will face adversity and trials. The reason is Satan doesn’t want our work to succeed. He wants to frustrate us and discourage us until we quit.
In II Corinthians 11, the apostle Paul talks about the hardship he faced.
He said, “I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.”
Five different times, Paul received thirty-nine lashes. He said he had been hungry and thirsty and often had gone without food….
Paul faced tremendous adversity but, he never quit.
Maybe you are trying to do something for the Lord and you are facing adversity. Maybe you are considering hanging it up. Don’t do it…serving Christ is not easy.
Look at our Lord; Jesus was rejected by His own people yet He went to the cross for them and us.
There is a man who was Pastor of a large church that I know. In his early years in this church, he faced opposition. It took years for it to go away. I asked him once if he ever considered resigning? He replied, “every Monday.” But he hung in and the Lord used Him.
So, hang in there. Just because your facing adversity doesn’t mean it’s time to quit. To borrow a line from a poem, “It’s when things seem worse, that you must not quit.”