Psalm 126: 5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Sowing in tears refers to the challenges of winning people to Jesus Christ. Do not forget that in three out of four of the types of ground (thorny, shallow and rocky) in the parable of the sower, the Gospel was not received! If your idea of sharing your faith revolves around the evidence of a great percentage of converts, you will soon become disappointed. Soul Winners learn the art of praying and plodding. It is the Lord’s work. My favorite scripture tells me that “His word never comes back void and always accomplishes His purposes.” (Isaiah 55:11) You and I share and the Lord convicts. The only time I feel like a failure is when I quench the Holy Spirit and fail to witness. I ignore the world’s market strategies, and “how to” formulas. The Bible says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 19:17) If you love the Lord, people will recognize this, and He will work through you. The sowing in tears also refers to the many who refuse the Gospel and it breaks our hearts. i.e. Close family and friends who do not receive it. The secret to being a successful soul winner is spending time in your prayer closet, being steadfast and immovable, understanding the unique person you are and how God can work through you. Your lifestyle and walking in the Holy Spirit furthermore adds credence to your witness when you share your faith. People want to see a sermon as well as hear one. Plodding is the art of trudging laboriously. Keep on keeping on, when you see positive results and when you do not. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are witnessing to all those around you and you do not even realize it! They have you under a microscope! You cannot be filled with God in this sin sick world without people being touched by it. Be persistent. God is looking for faithfulness and the one filled with discernment, who learns how to witness in innumerable situations. D. L. Moody made it a point to share the Gospel with at least one person everyday. Scatter seed and leave the increase to the Lord. Just keep on the firing line. Pastor Steve