Posted on : Thursday September 6, 2012

Ken Stalls, BCM/D President and Pastor of South End Baptist Church, Frederick, Md.

Our annual meeting is coming sooner than you might think. We will be meeting in Silver Spring and our them is “We Cannot Stop.” That is an interesting and yet challenging theme. What does it mean to you?  We have all heard someone ask, “What is it worth to you or how badly do you want it?” Every morning that I get up to work out, I have to ask the same questions. How important is it to go through all the pain and exhaustion in order to get in good physical condition. And then I remember that God’s Word teaches us that our bodies are not our own, our body is instead the temple of the Spirit of the Living God (I Corinthians 6:19). For many, each day they get up and go to a job that they do not like and work under difficult situations.  You know they often ask those questions.  Is it worth it?  Then they come home to a family they love and realize that the sacrifice is not about us; it is all about those we love that need our provision. Even Jesus, the Son of God asked in the Garden of Gethsemane, asked the Father in prayer, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done. “(Luke 22:42).

One of the true pearls of wisdom that God gives us in His Word is found in James 1:2-4. The NIV records it as follows: “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” This is very often the passage that I return to when I find myself in the situation listed above. When things become so tempting to just give up and quit, God keeps pushing me forward with this great truth. If you truly want to be a success in the eyes of God in the Kingdom of God, you have got to keep on keeping on in this life!

Think about all of those who have gone before us that are recorded in the scriptures that obviously “hit that brick wall of resistance and had to answer those painful questions about continuing on or giving up. Noah was charged by God to build and ark with only his God and his family for a work force. Abraham, Moses, Joshua and may more were commanded to go and claim the Promised Land, even though that land was crawling with danger.  Ten cowardly, faithless scouts to the Promised Land described it like this, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size…we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:32-33 NIV).

If you are searching for a pain-free, trial-free, hassle-free path for this life, the Christian faith is not the choice. But, if you are looking for the most blessed and joy-filled, fulfilling life this side of heaven, the Christian life is definitely the path to take. Come, take up your cross and follow Him today.

What is serving Jesus Christ worth to you? Exactly how much do you want to please Him? Trust me. It is worth dying for. Please be in prayer for our annual meeting and remember our theme. When you are tempted, do not stop.  Keep on keeping on for the sake our Lord Jesus. He never stopped, but kept on going for us. How could we do less for Him?