“But evil men and seducers (imposters) shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;”2 Timothy 3:13-14
I played t-ball as a youngster, and was part of a great team. The kids in our church made up the team, and our league played at a park. We creamed everybody we played, and I don’t recall anyone on the team who did not excel at their given position. There was inclement weather for one of our games, so we played indoors and the ball was bouncing off the back wall as everyone was hitting home runs. I loved playing t-ball and I was sad when the season ended. I thought this would be my experience on every team, and I had developed a love for the game.
When I got older, my parents signed me up for Little League on a team on which I knew no one. I remember pulling up to the baseball field for my first practice and looking across the field, hoping to catch a glimpse of someone I knew. I did not recognize anyone, and I became intimidated as I sat in my dad’s truck. The kids were all bigger than I was, and I sat there and told my dad that I had changed my mind about playing baseball. My dad looked at me and said, “Oh, you want to go home and quit the team?” I smiled and enthusiastically nodded yes. He looked back at me and firmly said, “Get out of the truck and onto the field.” My hope quickly dissipated and I knew I had better get moving or I would be out there playing with a sore bum.
My dad taught me something important that day. He later explained to me that he would not allow me to quit something I had committed to. Quitting was not an option, and I was going to have make the best of any given situation no matter how much I wanted to quit. I remember him always using the old cliche, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I didn’t know exactly what this meant at the time, but I came to interpret it that no matter the situation, I was going to be tough. I will say this lesson has served me well in life as I have learned not to quit even in the most adverse times. My parents taught me a mindset of sticking it out to the end, and I learned there is no retirement in life as there is no quitting until God calls you home.
I look here at this verse as Paul was writing to Timothy while he was in prison, and he was facing the end of his life. Paul knew the end was coming for him, and he was giving words of wisdom to his son in the faith. He was warning him of the evil people and false teachers that would come, and how they would become worse and worse. He did not tell Him to give in to these evil people or go into hiding, but he encouraged him to continue on in the faith. He encouraged him to stick to the truth that he had been taught and to not waver even in adverse times that were certain to come. As far as we know, Timothy was faithful and there was no quit in him.
Are you thinking about quitting today? Are you discouraged in something good you are doing and thinking about throwing in the towel? Is the devil whispering in your ear? May I encourage you with the verse above, and exhort you get back in the fight and continue on with what God has called you to. Galatians 6:9 states, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Eternity is at stake and there is no quit when we are doing God’s work. Will you stay in the fight? Will you continue in the truth you know and have been taught? The truth is always the truth, and may we never wander from that which God has called us to.