6 And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.
This is the perfect verse for those who are discouraged because the people they serve are not receptive to their message. Ironically, where discipleship is concerned, it’s about you first and foremost, not about them! You can’t control how they will receive your message, but you can control how faithfully, diligently, and enthusiastically you deliver it. As an imperfect messenger, you need to give this work your all, partly because that is how you “conquer the enemy of all righteousness” within your own soul. Even if your listeners don’t respond to your message, the work you do to teach them is essential to your own salvation!