When I was a kid, it seemed like every time I turned around my school, sports teams, and everything else was having a fundraiser of some kind. So here I would go through the neighborhood, door-to-door, begging people to buy a cheap roll of wrapping paper big enough to wrap a bite-sized candy bar but costing enough to wrap every present under your Christmas tree. “But it’s worth it, Mister. After all, we need new textbooks ya know!”
I hated it.
More than anything I hated the rejection. I hated when people would say no. If I learned anything from that, it was that I am definitely not cut out for sales!
In the parable I wrote about yesterday, the Master told the servant to go get all the invited guests to come to the party. But each person had an excuse. I wonder if the servant felt like me as a kid when I was told no? The servant came back dejected, but the Master told him to keep it up! Move on to the next group who can come to the party. Don’t stop inviting until the house is FULL!
As we wrap up the fast, I want you to know that you will face disappointment and rejection as you live your life trying to reach people for Christ. But don’t stop! Don’t give up! Especially as we approach Easter and you begin to invite the people you pray for. If they say no, ignore you, or don’t show up – don’t give up! Keep pushing, keep investing in relationships, keep sharing your faith, and keep inviting.
As you pray and journal today, ask God to give you the courage and faith to keep going even when discouragement sinks in. And ask God to help you not give up! Let’s push hard to see 500 souls packing out Powell High School on Easter, celebrating that Jesus is alive and still changes lives.