Gal 6:7-9 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Are you tired? Why?
It’s easy to get tired.
There’s a situation called burn-out that comes to those who are exhausted in giving and doing and serving. The joy of service has been replaced with weariness.
2 Thes 3:13 “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”
Part of the reason why people grow weary is that we don’t see results quickly enough. If you fish, you see your catch, but not always so in Christian service. There are non-visible results, but that doesn’t mean ‘no results.’
Isaiah and Jeremiah were commissioned by God to preach His Word, but the only thing they ever reaped was despair, ridicule, and fear for their lives. They continued their labor with no observable results.
We’ve read so much from these prophets who have blessed us so much. Yet they never saw it. Centuries later, people are still being blessed by their service. It is the same for you, now. You’ve got children and lost souls depending on you. It’s not time to get weary in well-doing.
There’s a seed that takes about five years to germinate and come out of the soil. Can you imagine waiting five years to see anything happen?
How patient are you? How do you lean on God for strength when you are weary? Do you get disappointed and feel you’ve failed when you don’t see results right away? In light of Isaiah and Jeremiah’s experience, will you change your thinking?
There is life beneath the soil. What God is doing that is not seen, is growing strong. Don’t abort the process. Grow those roots that will give you strength and steadiness in the face of trials.
Any plant that grows requires nurturing.
The Chinese bamboo tree is very interesting. It grows 80 feet tall in six weeks! It needs water, soil, and sunshine. But, it does nothing visible for five years. Then, you can watch it grow before your very eyes, 80 feet!
Developing a root system strong enough to support its growth takes every bit of those five years.
In you, alone, there is no victory, no results, but with Jesus, you will have exponential growth! It’s like watching a miracle. Obeying God is the key.
The farmer doesn’t get the credit for those tall trees. It’s a miracle watching them grow that fifth year, but you see nothing before that.
God looks at you and says, ‘If I bless you, will you take the credit for it?’ God is the One Who does the thing. Let Him get the glory He deserves! The absence of results is not God not working. Instead, it is a process of life beneath the soil.
Are you willing to trust God with your life regardless of whether or not you see results right away? Are you being obedient to Him? Will you continue to be obedient even during times of conflict and disappointment?
If you refuse to get weary, you will see the results.
The Agave Americana takes about ten years to flower. Without flowers, it looks like an aloe plant. It looks like something from a Doctor Seuss book. It is grown for food, antiseptics, and juice.
There are seasons that you go through, growth, fruit-bearing, and pruning. It doesn’t feel good to be pruned. That pruning causes growth back stronger and better than before. If you sow in God, in God you shall reap!
The Himalayas have a ‘magical’ quality about them. There is the Giant Himalayan Lily which, for most of its life, exists as a clump of leaves. After seven long years, mysteriously, it produces beautiful flowers with a lovely scent. This is the Lily of the Mountain. It can grow in all kinds of climates and can grow up to ten feet! But, it takes seven years.
You may be questioning your purpose, but God sees your prayers and your service. God sees and hears it all.
Do you believe that God sees you, hears you? Are you willing to trust His Word regardless of what you see in front of you? What does that look like? How is that different from your attitude and actions right now?
Besides not seeing results, the lethargy of others can be discouraging. 90% of the work is being done by 10% of the people. It can be weary-ing for the ones who do the work.
The problem is arrogance and pride. Who are you to think you deserve a reward from the Lord or the pastor? You will receive your reward if you don’t give up.
Be encouraged in doing good. Encourage yourself!
2 Thes 3:6-13 “But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”
Don’t get discouraged by those who don’t understand holiness and prayer and deliverance. Trek on, pray on and continue on in the work of God. It’s not time to get grumpy.
What attitudes, thoughts, and actions do you need to eliminate in your own life? How can you encourage yourself to keep from growing weary in doing good?
2 Tim 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:”
Yes, the world is crazy, but obey Him and you’ll see Him work your good. Noah worked for over 100 years seeing nothing, no rain, and enduring ridicule. But, he kept working and his life and the lives of his family were spared.
God moves on kings and leaders to do His will. God causes favor to fall on whomever He will.
Understand the hour of the visitation of the Lord. Don’t dig up the seed and check on it. You will abort the process. The temptation is to give up, but don’t!
Why not be weary?
- There is a reward. Mat 5:12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Col 3:24 “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Heb 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Rev 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
- There is a need. ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.’ —Edmond Burke. 1 Peter 2:15 “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” Heb 13:6 “So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” Rom 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” 1 Pet 3:8-9 “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
- You will bring glory to God. 2 Cor 3:16-18 “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” Heb 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
What are some of the rewards for not giving up? What are some of the needs that you see around you? How does it change you to know that by your obedience you personally will bring glory to God?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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