Sowing in Tears... Reaping in Joy
Noonday Association Meeting
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 15, 2002
We are thinking tonight about Sowing in Tears... Reaping in Joy. The Psalmist declares in Psalm 126.5-6, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Now concerning this matter of sowing of reaping... think with me for a few minutes first about...
(1) The Priority of Sowing and Reaping.
I am not being a pessimist but a realist when I say that the tears of Southern Baptist have all but dried up!
Over 11,000 Southern Baptist Churches baptized zero last year! Another 18,000 baptized five or less. Seventy percent of all Southern Baptist Churches are dead... dying... or have plateaued.
And while our tears have all but dried up... Jesus weeps! There is so little reaping with joy because there is so little sowing in tears!
William Booth ... the founder of the Salvation Army... received word from his converts that they were coming home. They said, “We’ve tried everything. We’ve tried preaching on street corners, beating drums, passing our tracts, and nothing works.” William Booth sent them a telegram that said simply, “Try Tears.”
Booth later said, “Some men’s ambition is art, some men’s ambition is fame, some men’s ambition is gold. My ambition is the souls of men.”
Evangelist D.L. Moody... with tears said, “I can go to prison for you, I can go to death for you, but I refuse to go to heaven without you.”
It was the priority and passion of Jesus! Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost! And He did it through tears! As He looked over the lostness of Jerusalem... Luke 19.41, “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.” We need to see people like Jesus sees them! He saw people in their trespasses and sins! He saw people without hope! He saw people witho ...
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