“Stay the Course” this is a phrase used in the context of war or battle meaning to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism. (Wikipedia) The opposite of this phrase is “Cut and run!” (Cowardly withdrawal in battle). The analogy of a ship sailing in the storm and staying on course is a good one. The Christian life is one of joy and peace, and also on the other hand, of conflict and challenges. There is always an opportunity to quit, but we must stay the course. The Apostle Paul spoke about staying the course or finishing the race.
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
You are called and anointed – Stay the Course!
Every Christian is called and anointed to be engaged in the work of ministry. (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8) The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to fulfill his ministry, (2 Timothy 4:5) Also, Paul urged Archippus to stay the course. (Colossians 4:17) Today we are finding more and more pastors quitting the ministry, missionaries returning to “normal” living, and volunteers in the local churches becoming less and less involved. There are many reasons for dropping out of ministry:
- Lack of financial support
- Leaders tired of been abused by cranky Boards and members
- Members tired of been used and under appreciated by pastors
- Too busy because of family, business and “stuff.”
- Like I said, the list is ad infinitum; it is loooooong!
I realize that there is sacrifice, pain, and exhaustion in serving, and the easy way out is to quit. However, we can learn a valuable lesson from Jesus, who endured the agony of the cross for the joy that was set before Him. (Hebrews 12:2) Paul paid a great price to serve the Lord, but he was faithful and steadfast. (Philippians 4:12-14) We too should be faithful in the calling of God and should stay engaged even in the thick of the fight.
The story behind the song, “No turning back.”
Take a few minutes to watch this short video on YouTube about the song that we have sung in the Christian Church for years. It will inspire you to Stay the Course. Let this challenge to stay the course apply to your faith and your ministry. If you have given up or you are feeling close to quitting, please take a few moments to seek God for a fresh touch upon your life and be inspired to continue.