Today I came across these piercing words from Charles Spurgeon:
I have heard many discussions amongst my brethren, about whether or not every earnest laborer may expect to have fruit. I have always inclined to the belief that such is the rule, and though there may be exceptions, and perhaps some men may be rather a savor of death unto death than of life unto life, yet it seems to me that if I never won souls I would sigh till I did; I would break my heart over them if I could not break their hearts; if they would not be saved, I would almost cry with Moses, “Blot my name out of the book of life.”
Though I can understand the possibility of an earnest sower never reaping, I cannot understand the possibility of an earnest sower being content not to reap. I cannot comprehend any one of you Christian people trying to win souls and not having results, being satisfied without results. I can suppose that you may love the Lord, and may have been trying your best for years unsuccessfully, but then I am sure you feel unhappy about it. I can not only suppose that to be the case, but I am thankful that you are unhappy. I hope the unhappiness will increase with you, till at last in the anguish of your spirit, you shall cry, like Rachel, “Give me children or I die! Give me fruits or I cannot live!”
Then you will be the very person described in the text: you go forth weeping, bearing seed that is precious to you; and you may have results, you must come again rejoicing, bringing your sheaves with you.
Are you unhappy with the fruits of your evangelism?
May God break our hearts, redouble our efforts by the power of the Holy Spirit, and give the grace that we might come again rejoicing!