Search

He Just Kept Trying

He Just Kept Trying

23 October 2009

Scripture:

4 Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike. 5 And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent his full time preaching and testifying to the Jews, telling them, “The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus.” (Acts 18:4-5 NLT)

Even though the Jews were responsible for most of the opposition and suffering Paul experienced, he never quit trying to tell them about Jesus. They opposed and insulted him here in Corinth so he said, “Your blood be upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Yet later, when he went to Ephesus, the very first thing he did was to go to the synagogue and try to tell Good News of Jesus to the Jews.

Later, in his letter to the Romans, Paul said, “2 My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief 3 for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.” (Romans 9:2-3 NLT) Even when he arrived in Rome to be imprisoned, the first thing he did was to call together the local Jewish leaders to tell them about Jesus! (Acts 28:20)

That is passionate persistence!

It’s so tempting to take the easy way out. It’s easier to just give up on some people. It’s easier to just write some people off than to keep trying with them, whether it’s a neighbor whose kids leave toys and junk all over the sidewalk or whose dog keeps you awake at night – whether it’s someone you just can’t seem to get along with – whether it’s someone who just seems to always be there opposing you – it’s easier just to write them off. It’s tough to just keep trying when it seems to be getting nowhere.

Paul kept trying and never gave up on the Jews. God keeps trying and never gives up on me. Who is it that I’m to just keep trying and never give up on?

Prayer:

Father, help me not to ever write people off. Work in me to make me more like Paul who was like Jesus in his unwillingness to ever give up on people. Thank you that you always keep trying and never give up on me! Amen.

Back to Articles...