Weary in Doing Good?
You may be among those who are weary. Perhaps you are “weary in doing good” and discouraged because you feel that your life and ministry are going on unnoticed. God has brought this text from the Bible to me to encourage me: Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
This text is a call in our weariness, physical tiredness or fatigue of the soul, not to give up. We are to persevere because God is working, perhaps, in ways that we could never imagine. Allow me to tell a story, a true story, that reminds us of the impact of seemingly insignificant acts of obedience that have serious repercussions far beyond what we can imagine.
Edward Kimball was working in Boston and teaching a Sunday school class at his church. Through his Sunday school he met and led to Christ an 18-year-old shoe salesman by the name of Dwight Lyman Moody. Moody went on to become a great evangelist and educator in Chicago where he founded the Moody Bible Institute.
Moody, during the course of his ministry, led Wilbur Chapman to the Lord. During Chapman’s faithful ministry in Chicago, a baseball player with the Whitestockings was standing outside a bar on State Street when people in a gospel wagon from the Pacific Garden Mission came by playing hymns and inviting people to the afternoon service down the street. The ballplayer recognized one of the songs as one that his mom used to sing. He attended the service and received Christ.
That afternoon encounter with Christ dramatically changed the course of Billy Sunday’s life. He played baseball for two more years and then left professional sports to minister in the YMCA in Chicago. During that time Wilbur Chapman invited Sunday to join his evangelistic team and help churches organize evangelistic campaigns. Billy enthusiastically agreed.
Sunday soon began scheduling his own evangelistic crusades all across the country. In one of those meetings a young man by the name of Mordecai Hamm trusted Christ. Hamm became an evangelist to the many churches across the southern United States. One night in one of those large tent meetings a young man and his friend responded to the call of the Gospel. One of those young men was named Billy Graham.
It all started with a young man, just being faithful and not giving up. Galatians 6:9 in the Living Bible reads: “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”
See You Sunday,