Vintage message from May 4, 1997.
There’s a lot of discouraging things that happen in this world. And they happen to believers, or they happen around believers. And you know, it is so easy for us to say, “I’m just going to give up.” And especially, especially when it comes to evangelism, when it comes to sharing our faith with people around us…God does not want us to give up on the people who are around us. God does not want us to give up on husbands and wives, God does not want us to give up on brothers and sisters, and God does not want us to give up on neighbors. He wants us to continue. He does not want us to be afraid. He does not want us to be discouraged. He wants us to continue…
Understand that sometimes we can allow ourselves to get so discouraged that we need to stop and say, “Lord, even though I’m discouraged, even though I am struggling, I’m going to make a vow to You today. I’m going to make a promise to You, and I want You to hold me responsible to that promise, that even though I’m discouraged, I’m going to continue to go on and serve You. I’m going to continue to do the things that I don’t want to do because I know it’s pleasing to You.”
…Even though we get discouraged, even though we may have family, we may have friends, we may have people out there at we’ve given up on, if we will go back to them, if we will continue to wait on God for them, that God will have His way in their life eventually. And you know, I’m not naive. I know that there are some who are going to die and choose to be separated from God for all eternity…Men are going to choose to say, “God, I don’t love you.” and they’re choosing that now. They’re making their choices now. But you know what? We don’t have a right to give up on them. If they choose that ultimately, and some will, then they will be held responsible before God. But if we give up on them, we ourselves may be held responsible for not having shared, for not having given all that we were to the Lord to use in their life.