Have you ever felt like just giving up? All of us have faced those feelings from time to time–in an argument, at work, in marriage, during a game, and even in the Christian life. Difficulties drain our energy, and eventually we wonder if it is worth the effort. If you are now tempted to “give up”, I request that you first consider the following suggestions:
(1) Get some rest. Tired people find it difficult to cope with just about any task or responsibility. If you are exhausted, your problem is not spiritual. You simply need some sleep.
(2) Check your feelings. Have you been through a defeat lately or a period of stress? Subconsciously, this may be draining your spiritual energy. Recognizing and dealing with this can give renewed energy for the Christian life.
(3) Talk to someone. Don’t give up or try to bear this burden alone. Find a good Christian friend and talk to them. Often, speaking with your pastor will be of great help.
(4) Go back to the basics. You may have adopted the wrong idea about Christian growth, thinking that it depends on your performance. Peel back the layers of dos, don’ts, and duties and start trusting in Christ for each day. Spiritual maturity does not happen overnight. God works in us slowly and surely (Philippians 2:12, 13) conforming us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Look back and see what God has already accomplished in your life.
(5) Depend on God. This sounds like a cliche, but it contains a profound truth. The fact that your Christian growth doesn’t depend on you; it depends on God. Simply yield to him, allowing him to work in your life. Simply put, if you know what God wants you to do, do it. If you do not know, ask him.
(6) Take a spiritual retreat. Get away for a few hours or days and spend time alone, listening and talking to God. Allow him to refresh you spiritually and give you a renewed desire to glorify him with your life.
Jesus set the example of getting away from people and communicating with God. Before you give up, I do pray you will seriously consider the above suggestions. Remember that the fight is not over until one dog quits.