Never Give Up by Rex Yancey

Never Give Up
Rex Yancey
Galatians 6:7-10

Nathatus Stach was a missionary to Greenland. He labored for twenty years in the face of tremendous opposition before he ever had his first convert. How many converts would he have had if he had given up after nineteen years? None!
Today I want us to think about doing good and never giving up. The Bible says, "Jesus went about doing good." Paul said, "Let us not lose heart in doing good." He also said, "We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them."
But it is a constant struggle, isn't it? Winston Churchill said, "Never give up, never, ever, give up!" His encouraging words helped the British to keep their heads up during some difficult days.
Our text today is Galatians 6:7-10. Paul gives us the law of sowing and reaping in these verses of Scripture. I want us to see the principle involved in the way we live our lives.
A millionaire had committed a serious crime and was serving a long prison sentence. One day a friend went to see him. He found him setting cross-legged on the floor repairing a burlap bag with a needle and thread. The friend said, "Sewing, huh?" The man smiled and said, "No, reaping!"
Like produces like. It is a law of the garden. It is amazing to me that people cannot understand this principle. They sow seeds of corruption and cannot understand why they reap a harvest of corruption. They sow their wild oats and then pray for a crop failure.
Secondly, I want us to see the pattern of our sowing. All the sowing we do is either to the flesh or to the Spirit. "Doing good" assumes a walk in the Spirit.
We are to do good pervasively. Paul said in our text that we are to do good "to all men." In every relationship we have we are to concentrate on doing good. Wouldn't this be a better world if all of our relationships were based on the premise of goodness? Think of the husband/wife relationship. What if we based everything we do or say on goodness? Think of the parent/child relationship. What if our thoughts and actions were all good? We can run this test through all our relationships. We are to be as good to the salesperson as we are to any other person. We are to be as good and thoughtful to the garbage collector as we are to any other profession. We treat people like persons in all walks of life.
There are so many scriptures that indicate that God is concerned with the individual. John 3: 16 says "God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in him…" I John 2:2 says, "He himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for thos ...


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