“I Give Up!”Categories: Minister's Corner
Giving up is not normally in our vocabulary as Christians. The Corinthians were encouraged by Paul to stick with working effectively for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). Paul also motivates Christians in the Colossians letter to remain faithful (Colossians 1:23) and not move away or give up in order to be holy and blameless in Christ. Again there is a word of instruction to hold onto Christ in order to be a fellow partaker of all of the rich blessings found only in Him (Hebrews 3:14). The message given over and over is don’t give up on Christ because it will be detrimental to your soul!
However, I want you to consider giving up but for a totally different reason and in doing so it will be a blessing to your life as a Christian. Consider a quote by a man named Rupertus Meldenius (aka Peter Meiderlin), “In matters of faith, UNITY; in matters of opinion, LIBERTY; in all things, CHARITY” which was adopted by our restoration leaders during the restoration movement. You might remember that I couldn’t remember this exact quote recently in a Bible Study class. The idea is this, we stand firm on matters of faith but when there are matters of opinion, we have a right to liberty (or freedom) but we must always use love. We must never be a stumbling block to our brethren. Forfeiting our freedom for the sake of others expresses a selfless way of thinking which is a wonderful characteristic of a Christian (Philippians 2:4).
I love a statement that I heard Dan Winkler used once, “keep your fingers on the pulse of one another’s sensitivities” (not an exact quote) in order not to be a “stumbling block” in the faith. You see, there are times when we must let go of our “freedom” to be a greater blessing to others and “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” – Ephesians 4:3
So, “GIVE UP” for the sake of others!