“Never give in, Never give in, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never give in.” These were words spoken by Winston Churchill in an address at Harrow School on October 29, 1941. I think they are words that should ring in the ears of every Christian regarding the cause of Christ! Persistence is something that is lacking lately in our society, after all why keep trying for something when so many other things are instantaneous in our culture. We often fall prey to the microwave mentality, that everything can be obtained in an instant. But, some things, many things in fact, are worth striving for and working hard to invest time to achieve!
Take for instance the pastor’s wife at the Hallows church, the church that four STBC members just spent 4 days working with. She has been developing a relationship with 2 other mom’s for 5 years now. These women have wanted nothing to do with the church or Christianity. As a matter of fact they have at times been quite verbal against Christianity. The pastor’s wife still made it a point to foster a relationship with these two women, and after 5 years of knowing her they began to ask questions of the pastor’s wife. As they walked their children to the sports camp (our mission emphasis), they began to ask Kim what their church was all about. They asked about Christianity. And, these women were willing to have an open gospel conversation with the pastor’s wife…after 5 years of knowing her. Now that is amazing persistence in forging relationships for the purpose of making the name of Christ known among the nations!
This seems foreign to us in Oklahoma, but in other areas of this country and other areas of the world people are much more resistant towards the good news of Jesus Christ. That is the way that Fremont Seattle is. They are “free thinkers”, but for the most part don’t want anything to do with Christianity. But that doesn’t mean we quit trying to share. What would have happened if Kim would have walked away after her initial attempt at sharing Christ with these women after a few months of knowing them and sensing their reluctance? What if the Holy Spirit walked away from you the first time that He prompted you and your heart was hard to His moving? The reality is that we are all at war with God in our hearts. Colossians 1:21-22 says, “you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death”. And in Romans 5:10, “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son”. The persistence of the Spirit brought us life! Even so, we are to live with the same persistence in our lives toward the lost.
What we can learn from this Seattle based church is that sometimes things don’t come easy. Sometimes we need to be committed and persistent even in the face of difficulty and rejection. It’s not easy by any means to continually put yourself around people who don’t want your message. It is not an enjoyable thing to be rejected, but we must realize what is at stake. First the great name of Christ who is worthy of all praise and Glory, and the lives of people around us. Therefore we must speak, we must love, and sometimes we must be persistent in order that they might see our message through our lives!
STAY CONNECTED! Dru Finley