A preacher who was growing weary in the ministry had a dream. He saw himself pounding away at a huge chunk of granite with a pick axe. It was his job to break it into small pieces. But hard as he tried, he couldn’t chip off even a tiny piece. At last, tired and disappointed, he decided to give up.
Just then a stranger appeared and said, “Weren’t you given orders to do that work? Your duty is to give it your best, regardless of what happens.” The minister, with a renewed determination, grabbed the pick axe, lifted it high in the air, and gave the granite a crushing blow. It broke into a thousand pieces. He had almost quit one blow too soon. (Daily Bread, July 14, 1991.)
Many Christians give up just before they get their breakthrough. Jesus illustrated persistence with the story of an unjust judge. He refused to listen to the needs of a desperate widow. The widow, however, would not take no for an answer and kept on the judge’s heels. Finally, the judge said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” (Luke 18:4-5).
Are you holding on to your dream?
“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8).