Perseverance reaps a harvest
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap, if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
One word that could describe this past year is “weary.” It’s the act of feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep. It calls for a great amount of energy or endurance.
As imperfect, sinful people, we can easily grow weary. We can get worn out from work or school. We can even grow weary of what we watch on the news or read on social media.
All of our mental and physical energy can get drained throughout the course of the day. The sad thing is, we usually spend all of our energy on worthless things and seek enjoyment from temporary pleasures.
One way we can get ourselves out of this exhausted state is to be rejuvenated by God’s word. We can focus on what He has in store for us and study the scriptures. We can try to live according to His teachings.
Another helpful thing we can do is love and encourage those around us. Earlier in the chapter of Galatians six, it says in verse two, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” It is a call for us to live the life God wants us to live.
Paul encourages us to keep fighting the good fight, even when we feel like we can’t fight any more. He tells the Galatian church that they will eventually be blessed for their good work when they receive their rewards in heaven. We can be motivated by that as well.
We don’t grow weary when we’re motivated by the power of God’s love. Our lives can be refreshed and reenergized when we do the Lord’s work in His power. It’s the type of work that won’t leave us exhausted and tired, but feeling fulfilled and satisfied.
This week, pray about how we can reap the harvest of our own lives by doing what is good. Let’s enjoy our time here on earth and give God praise for all that we have.