Suggested further reading: Psalm 126
Work for the souls of men is undoubtedly attended by
great discouragements. The heart of natural man is very hard and
unbelieving. The blindness of most men to their own lost condition
and peril of ruin is something past description. `The carnal mind
is enmity against God' (Rom. 8:7). No one can have any just idea
of the desperate hardness of men and women until he has tried to
do good. No one can have any conception of the small number of
those who repent and believe until he has personally endeavoured to
`save some' (1 Cor. 9:22). To suppose that everybody who is told
about Christ and entreated to believe will become a true Christian is
mere childish ignorance. `Few there be that find the narrow way!'
The labourer for Christ will find the majority of those among whom
he labours unbelieving and impenitent, in spite of all that he can
do. `The many' will not turn to Christ. These are discouraging
facts. But they are facts, and facts that ought to be known.
The true antidote against despondency in God's work is an
abiding recollection of such promises as that before us. There are
`wages' laid up for faithful reapers. They shall receive a reward at the
last day, far exceeding anything they have done for Christ a
reward proportioned not to their success, but to the quantity of their
work. They are gathering `fruit' which shall endure when this world
has passed away fruit in some souls saved, if many will not
believe, and fruit in evidences of their own faithfulness, to be brought
out before assembled worlds. Do our hands ever hang down and
our knees wax faint? Do we feel disposed to say, `My labour is in
vain and my words without profit'? Let us lean back at such seasons
on this glorious promise. There are `wages' yet to be paid. One
single soul saved shall outlive and outweigh all the kingdoms of the world.
For meditation: Christ has promised to bring all his chosen
sheep into the flock. He cannot fail. Therefore evangelism cannot be
in vain (John 10:16).