<![CDATA[ Have you ever felt like you were just spinning your wheels in trying to reach someone with the message of Christ -- that spouse, or that child, or that friend that you love and that you desperately want to see come to Christ -- and you've spent time and talent and treasure trying to reach them, but they just haven't responded to the gospel? Or maybe over the years you've noticed that you talked to many, many people about Christ, but very few have responded and maybe you've wondered, "What's the use? Why keep trying? Why keep witnessing? Why keep in inviting them to church?" Well, as I read this parable again today, it occurred to me that the reason we keep trying, that we keep going, that we keep witnessing is because of the "but others." I read this in the New King James Version of the Bible, and in verse 8 it begins with the words, "but others," and I've decided that it's because of the but others that I do what I do. It's because of the but others that I am willing to give, and to pray, and to go, and to fast, and to weep and to keep on keeping on. They represent only one fourth of the types of people we may minister to, but they account for a large return, they produce a hundredfold harvest, and they keep the dream alive. Thank God for the but others.]]>
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