Do Not Grow Weary
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith" Galatians 6:9-10
There is many times through our Christian walk when we may feel like we are not getting anywhere, whether it is evangelizing to a friend who does not know Christ, a family member, or even when we are trying to keep our faith strong. The times when we feel like we have given all we can and there is nothing left? This is not true. Never give up, we are not meant to do things on our own, God never sent anyone out alone, and Jesus always had more than himself “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” Matthew 18:20. We as Christians need to remember that when we feel we are growing weary that it is then we need to lean more on the Lord – we must learn that we are not independent in anything that we do because He is always there for us. God never leaves our side. This is similar to the famous “Footprints” poem…”When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way; but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me. The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
Whenever we feel that we are possibly tempted to do less than our best we have to remember that we will get less than we settled for. This is a verse we need to remember because of the truth that it contains. Whenever we find that we are growing weary or begin to lose zeal for the Lord’s work remember “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
We as Christians need to help those who are lost, those who know Christ but are struggling, we are not just believers we are doers of the work God has laid out for us. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” James 1:22-25 As the scripture continues from Galations “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith"
God wants us to do good for Him. What is doing good? We can define good in many ways, but remember by just doing good deeds doesn’t get you into heaven. Our good deeds are not just acts of charity; it is also preparing people for the Kingdom of Heaven such as Christ did. We need to imitate His example “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” Acts 10:35-38 We need to go out and prepare people for the Kingdom of Heaven, help them find Christ as their Savior, show them God’s grace through the light we have within us from the Holy Spirit, and never give up. There are going to be many times where we may be rejected or mocked or persecuted, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” Matthew 5:12
I have read once somewhere that we may get weary in the Lord’s work, but we must never get weary of the Lords work. If Christians become weary in their mind and heart they will fall back on being God’s happy servants and we may lose the zeal and challenges because we may get tired of doing the same things. While other times Christians may stop doing good because they feel they are not getting anywhere, for instance you may feel that no matter how many times you try to help someone it seems like you never get anywhere but remember the parable of the mustard seed, if we are getting nowhere with someone we have done our part by planting the seed. God will do the rest - I had written this in a previous post.
Overall we need to remember to look at doing God’s work as a privilege as He has blessed us with such an abundant supply of needs that all we have to do is reach out to get them. He has gifted us in more ways than we can imagine as we are filled with His Holy Spirit. Be amazed and astounded that God has chosen YOU to be His servant and that because of this we are able to live eternally in His great Kingdom of Heaven that He is preparing for us. What greater gift can anyone ask for than to live eternally with God?
God keeps His promises and He has promised us much! “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:19-21
I will leave you with a parting scripture “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it” 1 Corinthians 9:24