1. The Discouraged Worker
a) Discouraged By What Is Happening
b) Discouraged By What Is Not Happening
2. The Devoted Worker
a) The Work Given by God
b) The Work Given to God
3. The Delighted Worker
a) A Personal Time of Reaping
b) A Proper Time of Reaping
1. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett was an Irish-American heavyweight boxing champion who held the title for five years at the end of the nineteenth century. He once said, "Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round-remembering that the man who fights one more round in never whipped."
2. In other words, never give up. Never give in. Never quit. It has been well said that winners never quit and quitters never win. It has also been said that we are too near the crown to lay down the cross.
3. As we near the return of the Lord, and I believe He is soon to come, sticking with the stuff is even more needful. There is too many who are raising the white flag. There is too many giving in and giving up.
4. "Columbus," by Joaquin Miller, is an inspiring poem of persistence. When the mate asked him what to say to the men threatening mutiny, when the winds were contrary, and when storms threatened, the Admiral always said, "Sail on." And they sailed until they found a new world.
Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck,
And peered through darkness. Ah, that night
Of all dark nights! And then a speck-
A light! A Light! A light! A light!
It grew, a starlit flag unfurled!
It grew to be Time's burst of dawn.
He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson: "On! Sail on!"
5. In Galatians 6:9 we are given a wonderful promise. It is a promise that has often encouraged my fainting heart. It is a promise to sail on, to fight one more round, and to never quit. It is a promise that describes a condition in which many can find themselves, yet it beckons us to keep on keeping on.
6. Look with me at the promise by first considering:
1. THE DISCOURAGED WORKER
1. Paul admonishes us "not to be weary" and to "faint not." His words suggest that those in God's work can become weary and faint. The word "weary" was used of husbandmen who were tempted to quit because they were tired from their long and hard labor. The word "faint" was used of reapers overcome by heat and toil.
2. Paul is describing a worker who is discouraged and ready to give up or quit. Have you ever found yourself weary and ready to faint? If you haven't you are among a rare class. What worker has not been discouraged in their work? As one has said, we don't get tired of the work, but we get tired in the ...
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