What does it mean to Give up?

21 Apr

If you’ve ever watched the Olympics this year, it is quite evident that there are those who are the best at what they do, and they smoke everyone in their event.  Then there are those who it looks as if they will not make it and lose.  Yet by some miracle they pull through and take home the gold.  One thing that you will find is they all will end up saying that the only reason they won is either by the help of their teammates or simply by not giving up.

There is a saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  This is a statement that most people forget all about and when the going gets tough they break down and give up.  I believe that there is One who is here to help us keep the faith and not lose it.

1.) When the Going Gets Tough

There are a lot of people who believe that sometimes there is a fight in everything. If you are not fighting against something you are weak and feeble.  But our fights should never be with flesh and blood.  The Word of God says our fight is a spiritual fight.

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© 2013 mayeesherr., Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

We tend to believe that what we come against in our daily lives is just something that the Lord wants us to go through and not do anything about it, and suffer under the circumstances. I believe when the going gets tough it is not because God wants us to go through it, he allows us to, but he never wants us to go through testing. We are to push through, bind the enemy and rely on God to bring us through.

Look at King David’s mighty men in 2 Samuel 23. Here were men who didn’t know what was going to happen. The land of Israel was torn apart by war, not only between Saul and David, but also by the Amalakites, Philistines and many other nations who would have liked to see Israel destroyed.

Israel didn’t give up and they continued what the King asked them to do, with reckless abandon.

Our lives and families need to have the same hardcore value towards our King – (Jesus). We need to live our lives with reckless abandon and teach our children and families to live with the same passion.

What does “reckless abandon” mean?  “To give up completely to…” In other words, if we are to live our lives in reckless abandon to God it literally means, “To give up completely our lives to God.” We abandon our own lives for the sake of the King.

No matter what happens in our lives, it is not God’s wanting. He allows it to happen, because bad things happen. He is there to pick us up when we do fall.

2.) The Tough Get Going

We all have been given a call to fulfill.  The question; are we going to just sit there and pout when things don’t go our way or when things get hard?  No!  We need to learn to get up and move forward, push through with the word of the King and fulfill our calling.

Things in life will hurt.  There is no question about it.  Yet, like David’s men, are we going to do what the King asks of us?  The man in the lentil field kept fighting even though everyone around him left.  He fulfilled what was asked of him – “Protect the field.  No matter the cost.”  This is what is implied in this passage of scripture.  He managed to fight off the enemy and hold the field.

The question we need to ask ourselves is; “Are we going to allow Satan to take from our fields?”  I pray that is not that is not the case.  Many Christians live a defeated life and live a life of no victory.  Yet the scripture teaches us that Christ already has the victory.  He conquered death hell and the grave.

1 Cor.  15:54-58

If we take what Paul says we are able to be steadfast, immovable.  This is how we are to live.  When this is what we strive for, no matter the cost, we will be able to touch more lives for the Kingdom of God.  Why?  Simple, when we are remain steadfast in our trials we have a testimony that people will want to hear.  There are scores of people who want to be free from their trials, but it we teach them to place their trust in the King we will begin to see miracles take place in our areas of influence.

Batman from Flickr via Wylio

© 2011 Kevin Dooley, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

God never said that He would make us go through hard times, He said that He would never leave us nor would He ever forsake us.

Alfred Pennyworth from Batman Begins said this to Bruce Wayne, “Why is it that we fall Master Bruce?  So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up again.


***What are you doing right now to pursue God with reckless abandon? What do you do when things get tough and you want to quit?  Leave your thoughts below.

WebHeaderJason Sisam is the author of “Divine Providence”, blogger and full-time pastor at Life Church in Minneapolis.  You can read more about him at his website at http://jbsisam.com/.

One Response to “What does it mean to Give up?”

  1. jbsisam April 21, 2015 at 13:20 #

    Reblogged this on J. B. Sisam and commented:
    I just found that More Than A Beard published my article. Take a look and enjoy!

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