Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time (Galatians 6:9).
Is there someone in your life who has not yet received the Lord Jesus? Is it your husband, your wife, a child or a dear friend?
One of the most difficult circumstances a Christian can face is a loved one's rejection of Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.
First Corinthians chapter 15, verse 58, encourages us to "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (NKJV).
Steadfastness is absolutely necessary when it comes to introducing others to Christ.
Some of the world's best-known missionaries preached the gospel for many years, patiently waiting to see the results of their efforts. Seven years passed, for example, before William Carey saw his first Hindu convert in Burma. Others toiled for 14 to 16 years. These heroes of the faith remained steadfast in spite of their daily disappointments. And finally, in due season, the harvest of souls began.
As we persist in bringing our friends and loved ones into God's presence, His Holy Spirit will turn their hearts toward the Lord Jesus. Mike, for example, has a Christian grandmother who faithfully prayed for him every day and shared Christ with him every chance she had.
Sadly, she watched him go away to college, still an unbeliever. Then one day, when Mike was age 20 and a junior at Stanford University, he made a phone call. "Grandma," he said, "your prayers for me are answered. I have asked Jesus into my heart." What joy she felt, realizing that her steadfastness had been rewarded!
Paul wrote: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9, KJV).
Our Lord encouraged persistence, or importunity, when asking, telling about the man who called on a friend at midnight to give him three loaves. At first he refused. But Jesus said, "I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" (Luke 11:8-10, NKJV).
The verb implies "keep on seeking, knocking and asking."
Some might prefer the modern vernacular: "Keep on keeping on." Don't give up!
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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