Written by cycleguy on July 10th, 2019

I’ve been reading J.D.Greear’s new book Above All over the past couple of weeks. Yeah…it is taking me awhile due to being out of town and also just trying to digest the meat in the book. I read something today that I liked so well I thought I would pass it along.  {My comment: Ministry is hard work-paid, full-time or otherwise. If you are like me, sometimes you wonder if you are making a difference or even making a dent}.  After using the example of Noah who preached for 100 years and saw no one accept his preaching and “convert” to God’s way of thinking (the world is going to be destroyed), J.D. gave some examples of others who hung in there, didn’t quit, stayed the course. I was fascinated by the examples. Hope you are as well, but I also hope you are helped and encouraged to not quit or give up.

William Carey, the father of modern missions. He was largely opposed even by the Christians in England, who told him that his missionary zeal was misplaced. Despite opposition he left for India in 1793. For seven years he worked before he ever saw his first convert. Do you think he wondered about what the folks back home said and questioned his call?

Robert Moffat was a 19th century Scottish missionary to South Africa. He spent three years (1818-1821) just traveling to his assigned mission post. He and his wife labored faithfully for 10 years with no tangible results. Then God moved and in a period of three years, the number of converts in Moffat’s city went from zero to 120. Imagine if he had quit at year #9.

Adoniram Judson was one of the first American missionaries to Burma. He spent 6 years there before he saw his first convert and he fretted over his confession of faith…largely because of the years of unfruitfulness.

William Wilberforce, a British politician who spent 48 years fighting against slavery. The Slavery Abolition Act was passed 3 days before he died, and he heard about it on his deathbed.

Hudson Taylor in China. Jonathan Edwards with the Mohican Indians.

I had to stop and chastise myself for my lack of faith to stay the course at times. The desire to quit and give up in the ministry because of a lack of fruit. The tears I shed because of no “ministry success.” (Perhaps we ought to ban those two words put together?).  J.D. helped me put things in perspective as we go through a slow time here at OVCF.

#Faithfulness#Don’tQuit#StaytheCourse#NeverGiveUp. Those are to be my monikers. Why not join me make them yours as well?


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa notes says:

    Those are good monikers for all of us, Bill. We’re not always the best judge of “ministry success” anyway.

    • cycleguy says:

      I agree Lisa. Terrible judges actually, especially when we have bought into the “world’s idea” of success. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Quitting is never an option, even when we don’t see the fruits of our labors right away. If God has called us to a mission, we need to see it through, with His help, of course.
    Inspiring stories today, Bill!

  3. floyd says:

    Glad you got to refocus and see your life from a different perspective. Imagine if we could see the forest like our Maker!

    You’re running the good race, brother.

    If and when you feel like this again; always know that you make a difference in my life almost on a daily basis. I cherish your perseverance and wisdom…

    • cycleguy says:

      I’m humbled you would say those words Floyd. Truly. Thanks for the encouragement. You don’t know how good it feels.