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Many times, we encounter challenges that make us rethink our commitment to Christ and the church. When we consider quitting or lessening our relationship with Christ and the church let’s:

Remember why we started (cf. Revelation 2:5). The church at Ephesus left their first love. Go back and remember why we chose to become a Christian, why we chose to become an Elder, why we chose to become a Deacon, and why we became a Minister (whatever the case may be).

Re-identify with Christ (cf. 1 Peter 4:12-14). When you go through difficult times, don’t be shocked. When we suffer, we identify with Christ. When challenged, be thankful we are close to Christ!

Refresh and take a break. Seven days into Creation, God took a break. We see God’s example and the importance of resting. In Mark 6:31, Jesus tells his disciples to rest.

Re-shift your focus. We sometimes are critical of one another. We love one another but we don’t always like one another. Let’s focus on the mission in front of us, not the mayhem beside us.

Revive yourself with other Christians. Christians need Christians in their life! We need a Paul in our life-someone who is older, been there, and will understand. We need a Barnabus in our life -someone that can connect with us. We need a Timothy in our life-someone who will be behind us.

Realize what you have (cf. Matthew 19:27-29). Like Peter, do we ask, “What’s in it for me?” when we become a Christian? Jesus redirected Peter and explained if we will sacrifice for God, we will inherit eternal life. Our needs are always met if we follow Christ and are faithful. We need to realize what we have when we live for the Lord. I am glad Peter asked that question. We need to step realize who we are and Whose we are!

Allen Jones
South Green Street church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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