SO YOU QUIT the ministry.

You said you weren’t giving up your faith in Jesus Christ. Not that. It was people’s indifference to your message of the Gospel that made you decide. They liked to have you “pass the time of day,” but when you followed up with deeper spiritual truths, they seemed to “hasten you to the door.” The “banker” even said you’d better “ease up or you’d have to leave.”

After prayer and serious thought and talking it over with your wife, you finally decided to quit. I don’t blame you. You’ve expressed what many earnest servants of Christ have experienced not only in the “east” but in the west and north and south as well. Many a minister has been on the verge of asking: “Shall I quit?”

But, young man, don’t quit! Discouragement is hard for anybody to take, and the minister is no exception. I know. I’ve been discouraged many times myself. So has every other minister. The obstacles are real, the disappointments enough to break any man.

When you and I accepted Christ’s call to the ministry, we claimed the glorious truth that Christ is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” And indeed, Christ will triumph! What’s more, his triumph applies to us—our “faith is the victory that overcomes the world”!

We also accepted the assignment to “take up our cross and follow him.” In “taking up our cross,” as you intimated, we didn’t expect everything to be easy.

It’s between these two—the victories of faith and the seeming defeats of cross-bearing—that we labor and minister in the Gospel, meeting both discouragement and joy. We cannot give up! His victory is bound to prove true, even though the path to that victory will often be the way of the cross.

You must not quit—you are one with us and we are one with you both in our disappointments ...

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