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.
There are many times in ministry when the minister feels tired, like they have been running in circles and wasting their energy. There are times of fruitless effort and frustration. I mean, so I hear. Not that I can identify with that, but I’ve heard of it happening to others (smirk).
When our efforts seem to bear no fruit, when our sacrifices seem like a waste, when nothing goes according to our plans, we sometimes wonder…
Do we labor in vain?
Do our lives mean anything at all?
Are we really called?
Joseph Bayly said: “Don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light.” No matter what the situation looks like, what matters is what God has already spoken. What matters is that we trust Him, whether we see fruit or not.
When we have given and given and gotten nothing but greed and complaints back - we should give anyway, as unto the Lord.
When we have loved sacrificially and received hate back - we should keep loving, knowing that Jesus endured the same and He will reward us.
We do not labor in vain. In due season, at just the right time, we will reap. But if we give up first, we will miss it.
Are you feeling like giving up today? Don’t do it! I tell myself this as much as I tell you. It is worth it to keep fighting, keep running the race, and keep loving in the face of hate.
Trust God. Believe His promises. Don’t lose heart.
Galatians 6:9-10 convicted me this week. Truthfully, I am sure I have much more opportunity to do good to others that I let pass by. Truthfully, I have wanted to give up so many times instead of standing on the promises that God has already spoken to me. I grow weary. I feel discouraged. Instead of God saying - Okay, I’ve put up with you long enough! - He gently yet firmly reminds me of the truth and points me back in the right direction. I am so thankful for that!
He is a great God, worthy of our lives, worthy of our service. And even though we lose heart at times, He gets us back on track and empowers us afresh, and He will richly reward us in due season.
Doesn’t seem like a fair deal to Him, but I’m thankful! That’s what grace is all about.