One of my favorite scriptures is this:
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:7-10 ESV)
I love this scripture because often, I DO feel weary and I DO want to give up. But rather, I MUST rest in Christ, and continue to plant seeds of truth knowing that, whatever we plant, we will harvest.
It is so easy to feel isolated, alone, or overwhelmed as an abolitionist. Friends, family, people at the high schools, colleges, on the street, overwhelmingly HATE what we have to say.
They yell at us, call the police on us, spit on us, some throw things at us, dump liquids on us, or worse, the odd assault or two, including attempts to steal signs and literature.
Our friends, our family, who have said things like “I’ll always support you, no matter what you do!” suddenly stop talking to us, they may call us, angry, and tell us what we’re doing is wrong.
There is a LOT of emotional pushback, and anger, because, ultimately, the majority of our culture is either apathetic, or deeply engaged in this particular holocaust, and exposing the truth doesn’t sit right with them, and their reactions can go from ignoring us, to being angry with us.
We all KNOW this.
But that isn’t what this post is about…
This post is about the other kind of response, the one that God, in his mercy, allows us to see glimpses of here and there, the response where the light clicks, and someone says: “Yes! This is TRUE! We MUST oppose this evil!”
Or better, if they are not already in Christ, we have the privilege and honor to see that moment of truth, where they realize their need for him, and his Lordship in their life.
THESE are the reasons we plant seeds of truth everywhere we go. And we don’t see them as often as we like. In my case, I often think God has withheld many of them from me, because he is curbing my besetting sin of pride. He’s allowing me to be spit on, yelled at, and ignored, for his own honor and glory, and for my sanctification.
But then… Sometimes, he has given me encouragement, a view of the work that he is doing in Pennsylvania.
This past month he gave me such a glimpse. We have had the pleasure of watching the Abolitionist Society of Philadelphia get on its feet, and begin to grow. That is an immense encouragement to us, as we had begin to feel like Elijah in this area (Only I, Lord!)
But we are seeing the seeds take root, and little plants begin to grow there, and it is marvelous to see how God, in his mercy, is beginning a work there.
And then this week, we were invited to place an ad in a local school yearbook. Speaking to the folks at this school was a breath of fresh air.
In both situations, people came to me and said: “I’ve been watching you, and you may not know it, but seeing how God is working, and what he is doing, is convicting me too.”
This is not me, this is entirely God’s Work. I am in awe, because I wonder, if they are watching me, are they seeing my failures, my stumbles?
But what they are seeing, what is impacting their hearts, is God’s work here, in Allentown.
Please, abolitionists, although you may be weary, do not give up. Because what we sow, we also reap.
You don’t know who is watching, who has previously written you off, and yet, over the years, months, weeks, they have come to see God’s Work, and HIS Word.
Continue on, faithfully, persevering, resting in Christ, doing the will of our Father in heaven. What you sow, you will also reap. And do not give up.
Abolitionist Society of Allentown