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We've all heard the statement that "quitters never win." This is true because of their decision to give up and not try to gain the victory. Having this attitude has never worked in athletics, academics, or any other walk of life. It certainly won't work in the most important walk...our journey toward our eternal destination. Let's examine some "quitters" found in the Scripture and see what we can learn from them.
Jonah (Jonah 1-4)
This prophet was not willing to accept his mission to preach to an evil and ruthless people, the Assyrians. He learned the hard way that one cannot run from God and the obligations He places on us. (Jonah 1:1-3; 17): Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Some of the 5,000 (John 6:1-66)
Having been the beneficiaries of a miracle the previous day, those who were fed by Christ come looking for Him, obviously wanting more (v. 26), Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Jesus lets them know that He offers something far more important than physical sustenance - the "food that endures to eternal life" (v. 27). After the Lord says much more, they validate what the Lord already knew. They quit following because they were not that interested (v. 66), From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.
Judas Iscariot (Matt. 27:3-5)
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