Be Not Weary In Well Doing

November 3, 2014

Be Not Weary In Well Doing

            The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 6:9, tells us “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

The more effort we put forth, the more weary we become.  It taxes our strength.  Paul doesn’t prohibit us from stopping to rest.  He is telling us, more than anything else, that we shouldn’t get discouraged.

It is easy to lose enthusiasm for doing good.  It is especially easy to get discouraged if our reason for doing it is to get attention or praise from others.  At times it may seem as though no one notices what we are doing.  We should recognize and thank others for the good they do, but if they don’t do the same for us, we shouldn’t get discouraged.   True believers are promised a reward in “due season.” We aren’t told when that will be.  It is very possible that the heavenly reward will be many times greater for those who received little recognition for what they did in this life.

If we maintain a vibrant, personal relationship with God we will not be in such great danger of growing weary in well doing.  The good we do will be to bring glory to God and not attention to ourselves.  If we attend faithfully a good church we will be constantly reminded there of the need to do good.  Bible believing churches offer their members opportunities to serve in   some capacity.  Many times there are extension ministries where members can serve.  Sometimes there are mission trips, or special offerings for special needs.  If we keep the first commandment, we will be motivated to keep the second.  Mark 12:30-31 says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

When we grow weary in well doing there is often the temptation to find fault and criticize.  While we are busy serving God we don’t have a lot of time to look around and see what others are doing, or judge whether they are doing it right.  If some are failing in serving God, perhaps that presents another good work you can do.  Instead of criticizing them, you can encourage them to find something they can do.  Perhaps you could even invite them to help you in what you are doing.

There are hurting people everywhere we turn in this wicked society.  Proverbs 13:6 says,    “Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.” Many need help in picking up the broken pieces and putting their life back together again.

Yes, it is possible to grow weary in well doing, but God has promised to give us strength.  Isaiah 40:28-31 says, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.   He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.    Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

God promises renewed strength to those who wait on him. In II Peter 1:3 God has promised to give us all we need for life and godliness.  “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Keep your eye on the promise.  “We shall reap if we faint not.” There is a satisfaction in doing good.  Seldom are we criticized for it and it gives no shame.  Little do we know what God has planned for those who obey him.  Micah 6:8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

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