“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
– Galatians 6:9-10
What causes us to grow weary, if not unproductive work? Laboring in vain is a toxin to our attitude that causes despair and makes us bitter. That is why we’re reminded that our efforts will produce a harvest, in the proper time – God’s time.
We need this reminder from Galatians to work in faith. The results of our efforts are not in our hands. But God strengthens us so that we can persevere, through faithful work in a worshipful spirit, from a desire to please God (v.8).
We cannot control the Harvest. When we try, all we get is weary. That kind of labor is working for results, not for the Lord. But if we are doing good works for the Lord, our work is never in vain, it will produce a harvest. And we will experience a joy that overshadows the challenges, so that we do not grow weary.
Our great encouragement, if we believe God, is knowing all we do in His name is pleasing to Him and it will produce a harvest. He delights in our work when our personal purpose is to glorify Him. Fulfilling our purpose in the way of the Spirit means we can work with joy and peace – a sweet aroma to those we serve, and a delight between us and Him.
We can turn the tables on weariness, move from control to surrender – and abundance. When our good works are done to please God, the results are so much better, because we trust the Harvest to His capable hands. In the day-to-day work of fulfilling our purpose, we have abiding hope, if we trust God, because we get to experience His delight in us.
There is something else to remember, we do not labor alone. We work with one another. Best of all, we work shoulder-to-shoulder with Jesus to glorify the Father. In this way, we have all the courage, dedication and strength we need, supplied to us by the Lord, in our intimate walk with Him and through one another.
Will you pray with us?
Father, you have given me the desire to please you by glorifying your name. Thank you! What a glorious passion I have. I ask you to purify all my desires, so that I have an even greater love for you and an even greater passion to glorify you, just the way you made me to. I also ask for your blessing and favor over all the good works I do in your name, that many would see these works and want to know you intimately, so that you would have a great Harvest. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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At Movement Day, we’re looking for Christian leaders with a passion to reduce poverty in Tucson, starting with the root causes.
Are you that leader?