Persistence Pays - Monday's Dose - 20th August 2012

Monday's Dose - 20th August 2012

Persistence Pays

"It is God himself, in his mercy, who has given us this wonderful
work [of telling his Good News to Others], and so we never give up"
- (2 Corinthians 4:1, TLB).

You may have read about the boy who loved to go house to house
handing out gospel tracts every Sunday afternoon with his pastor
father. On one rainy, cold Sunday his father didn't want to go out on
visitation so the son, with his dad's permission, went out alone.

At the last house the son was visiting he rang the bell many times
but nobody came to the door. When he turned to leave, he felt
constrained to go back and try one more time. This time he knocked
very hard on the door ... waited patiently ... and in a while an
elderly lady answered. He gave her his last tract and told her that
God loved her.

As the story goes, the following Sunday at the lad's church when the
pastor gave his people the opportunity to share any blessings they
had received the previous week, an elderly lady in the back stood to
share how, on the previous wet, cold Sunday, she was at wits end. Her
husband had passed away and she had no friends or family in the area
and was about to end her life. She shared how she had ignored the
persistent ringing of her doorbell but when she heard a loud
knocking, she decided to see who was there. She was surprised to find
a young lad who told her that God loved her and handed her a piece of
literature. "I read the literature," she said, "and prayed the prayer
to ask Jesus to be my Savior. And as your church address was on the
literature, I decided to come here to church today."

We never know just how God will use us if we are but persistent? This
story reminds me how, when I was a teenager growing up in my small
hometown church, each year we would have a week of "revival"
(evangelistic outreach meetings), but not a single adult would ever
go house to house to give people an invitation to attend. One year
one of the pastor's teenage sons and I were the only ones who would
do this visitation. One year I went out alone.

So now today, many years later, I'm still going house to house ...
but via the web and email ... to thousands of homes, families, and
individuals worldwide every day. As a teen I could never have
imagined in all my wildest dreams where I would be and what I would
be doing today.

And if you and I keep on serving God day by day, we will never know
the results until we get to Heaven for only eternity will reveal what
our faithful service to the Lord will reveal.

Prayer: "Our Loving God, please help me to be faithful in my service
to you no matter how small or large my tasks may be, and grant that
my efforts (with your help) will affect other lives not only for
time, but also for eternity. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team