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Shtick

First Published May 1978


The greatest men in the world who have accomplished anything at all that the world has heard about, were the men who stuck to their jobs through thick and thin, even when they hated it. If you don't know how to stick, you're "...double-minded and unstable in all your ways, wavering like the waves of the sea. Think not that that man shall receive anything from the Lord!" (James1:6-8)

Jesus said, "He that having put his hand to the plough and even looking back is not worthy of me." (Luke 9:62)

Everybody gets fed up with a job and bored with it sometimes, and even sick of it. But if you don't stick to it, you'll never pull out and pull through and accomplish anything for the Lord.

The devil makes us sick and fed up and bored and resent this or resent that, and don't like this and don't approve of that. But if you stick with it, God is going to bless you mightily, because we're not finished by any means yet.

If you quit, you could miss the blessing, cause a tremendous collapse in God's work or diminishment or something and untold damage to his kingdom. But if you're faithful, the Lord will bless you.

One kind of individual God is disgusted with is a deserter. "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." (Hebrews 10:38)

Turning your back on the job God has given you is just as bad in God's sight as turning your back on Him. Because that's exactly what you're doing. If you turn your back on God's job, you're turning your back on God.

"Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, that you may please him who hath called you to be a soldier." (2Timmothy 2:3-4) If it's a job that you know God has put you in where you've got a good ministry and you're helping souls or being a blessing and you know it's the Lord, you should be afraid to quit.

So you'd better stick it out until you know God wants you to leave a job and you know He's finished with you there and He has something else He wants you to do.

My mother once asked Dr. Wiseman who ran a mission in San Francisco and hardly ever had many people there, "How could you stay here so many years when you seem to be accomplishing so little?"

He said, "Shister, it iss von ting yust to shtick!" Apparently he felt called there to stick it out and he just stuck. Now if God makes it plain to you that you should move or you should change or this is not the place for you, He better make it awful plain and you better make sure it's God.

So "it's von ting yust to shtick!" and you'd better learn a lesson on faithfulness and how to "shtick" to a job, no matter how boring or how tiresome or how fed up you get, or offended sometimes, or feel like you're unappreciated and all the rest.

"It iss von ting yust to shtick", at least until God tells you it's time to go.

It's one thing just to stick in the job that God has given you, no matter what happens, if it's of the Lord and you know it's of God. Sometimes you may even doubt that.

You had better make sure that if it's not of God to let Him throw you out first, before you take it upon yourself to make that decision and run away. because you can be sadly mistaken.

When it's God's time, He will let you know. If you're not sure just wait till He throws you out or you get fired or something, then you'll know for sure.

So "it's von ting yust to shtick!" God help us to be faithful and just to stick! Help us to have some sticktoitiveness, Lord, some determination to go through. Lord, there're so many stories in thy Word, of men who went through many trials, but they stuck to the job.

Help us all to remember that it's one thing just to stick and be faithful. "It is required of a servant that he be found faithful." (1Corinthians 4:2) The one thing that You said as they entered heaven, Lord, was "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matthew 25:21)

Help us to remember that the most important thing in our service for Thee, the most important thing in the world for us, the most important thing to Thee, Lord, is our faithfulness.

Even if we're stumblebums like Peter and we make a lot of mistakes and we do crazy things like I do, still Lord, help us to be faithful.

Please don't be unfaithful! "it's von ting yust to shtick!"