Summary: The only people God can’t use are those who quit. In the Christian life, it’s not how you start the race, but whether or not you FINISH the race.
Last week we started our examination of God’s Law of the Harvest: You Pick What you Plant. If you plant selfish seeds according to your sinful nature, you’ll reap of bumper crop of misery. But if you plant seeds of the Spirit, you’ll experience a bumper crop of blessings.
The time was October 1941. The place was Harrow’s School in Northwest London. Adolph Hitler had conquered Europe, and now had Britain in his sights. There had been constant bombing and much of London lay in ruins. The U.S. hadn’t entered the war yet, because this was exactly 40 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, a Harrow alumnus, arrived to give a speech. There is a myth that he only spoke a few words and sat down, but his speech actually lasted about four minutes—still short by today’s standard for politicians! But even with bombed-out buildings surrounding them and the Nazi threat still looming, Churchill spoke these words that will never be forgotten. “Never give in; never give in; never, never, never, never—in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” And he ended his short speech with words that aren’t as famous, but are still profound. “These are not dark days; these are great days—the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.” (Speech given at Harrow School, October 29, 1941)
I think the Apostle Paul was basically saying the same thing. He wrote that, when it comes to planting good seeds, we should “Never give up…never, never, never.”
Galatians 6:7-10. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
We’re going to learn today that there is great value in persistence. The Bible says we will reap a harvest if you do not give up. Do you have a never-say-die kind of attitude? You’ve probably heard of the frog in the kettle, but T.C. Hamlet wrote a little poem about two frogs that fell in a can of cream. One gave up and drowned, but the other one was more persistent.
Two frogs fell in a can of cream,
Or so I’ve heard it told;
The sides of the can were shiny and steep,
The cream was deep and cold.
“Oh, what’s the use?” Croaked Number 1.
“It’s fate; no help’s around.
Goodbye, my friends! Goodbye, sad world!”