Weary In Well-Doing
When the sailing is smooth and there’s not a ripple to overcome, we can drift along with the tide . . . but as the going gets a little rough and our shoulder is needed at the wheel, or our strength is needed to man the oars, then we are sometimes prone to want to abandon the ship.
There are many today who “believe for awhile, but in time of temptation, fall away” (Luke 8:13). Like the Israelites, we have a burning tendency to forget God (Jer. 2:32). There are many who once attended classes but who do not now; who once attended Sunday nights but just seem not to get around to it now; who once were steadfast and would not miss a Lord’s day at worship, but now they miss more than they are present. This ought not so to be. It is true we may sometimes face discouragement but remember, “A winner never quits, and quitters never win!”
Churches are never harmed so much from without as from within. When members faint and falter and grow weary in well-doing, and withdraw their support physically and financially, then the congregation lacks the cooperation, needed to carry on a full scale work.
Babe Ruth struck out 1,333 times! Yet, he is known as the “Home Run King.” Cy Young pitched 511 victories, yet he lost almost as many games as he won! Abraham Lincoln ran for the legislature in Illinois and was badly beaten. He failed at business. He entered politics again and was defeated on four occasions. One bad failure after another but in the face of all this, he became one of the nations greatest men! These men had the quality of stickability!
“Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as we know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).
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