Consider This | While Waiting | Persist
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9
Ed Kimball laid his head in his hands and sighed. Teaching teenage boys in Sunday school was often a thankless job. Yet, God had called him to it, so he persisted. It was Dwight who frustrated him the most. Eighteen, a Unitarian, Dwight only attended church because his uncle, also his boss, required it for employment. So he came, but not willingly. “I’m gonna sow my wild oats first, and then maybe get saved right before I die,” he told Kimball. Week after, week, the teacher pressed his reluctant student to read the Bible, but he had never met a young man as spiritually dark as this guy. Yet, Kimball persisted.
One day, following the nudging of the Holy Spirit, he found Dwight in his uncle’s shoe store and invited him to be saved. To his amazement, the boy nodded. In the storage room of a shoe store, D. L Moody became a child of God. He later became one of the world’s greatest evangelists, leading more than a million people to Christ and founding Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. But the story doesn’t end there. Between 1854 and 1934, a miraculous chain of events continued. Moody influenced a man named Chapman who hired an assistant, a former baseball player named Billy Sunday. Sunday became an evangelist and later helped organize a group which brought other evangelists to town. One of those traveling preachers was Mordechai Ham. Hearing about the fiery preaching going on at Ham’s meetings, a 16-year-old boy showed up to try to disrupt them. Instead, he fell under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and gave his life to Christ. That boy’s name was Billy Graham.
Final Thought: Countless millions have come to Christ because of these men. What if Ed Kimball had given up too soon?
Prayer: Father, thank you for these examples in history that show us how persistence impacts eternity. I want to have that kind of impact. Help me to persevere in what you’ve called me to do and not give up too soon. In Jesus’ name, Amen.