The Need to "Press On"
One person said, “There is no mistake as great as the mistake of not going on.” It is a problem for some to go on. “Going on” means consistency and change. If you are accustomed to being conformed to a particular format of life, changes are not easily welcomed. They are resisted. Such attitudes can prevent us from “pressing on.” Yet, there are some principles you have learned an applied to your life which need to be repeated. They do not need to stop.
It is worth noting what Jesus said to someone who wanted to be His disciple: “No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of heaven” (Luke 9:62). How does a church “press on?”
Planning. Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). Where is the vision for the Southside Church of Christ? Who has the vision? Is the church like-minded in vision (Philippians 3:15)? One thing for sure, unless there are plans, the communication of those plans, and the implementing of those plans, the plans are worthless.
What Can I Do? Where do you fit in the plan for the building of the church? Your responsibility to the church is the same as your responsibility to the Lord. You owe the church repetitive exhortation (Hebrews 10:24; 1 Corinthians 15:58), your presence (Acts 2:42), development and presentation of a godly character (Philippians 1:27; 2:5,10,15,16), and a peaceful life (Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:3). Are you meeting those expectations Jesus has of you - His disciple?
Commitment to the Cause. Some worthy causes have existed for several years (American Cancer Society, Red Cross, etc.). They have endured so long because of the commitment of those involved in their work. Being able to press on comes from a commitment as Paul made. “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him” (2 Timothy 1:12). Is your spirit committed to the work of the Lord’s church in this city??? Examine that.