Are you getting tired of doing good? Do people not appreciate what you do for them? Do you get a lot of flack when you are trying to help someone? The Bible talks about that very thing.
In Hebrews 12:3 it says, “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Then in Galatians 6:9 it says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Those verses point out several important things. Study this with me in the context of the chapters in which they were written. In Hebrews 12:3 it starts with the thought that we need to consider Christ who suffered and died while he was doing for us all that needed to be done to redeem us. The prior verse tells us how to consider him. It says to keep our eyes on Christ. Remember that he followed all the way through to the end even though it meant that he had to endure torture and death to purchase our freedom. When the time is right (Gal 6:9), we will reap a wonderful harvest; but only if we do not give up.
Okay, so how do we do this? Jesus was an amazingly strong person with an incredible ability to stay focused and follow through. I get tired of doing good fairly easily by comparison. How do we keep our eyes on Jesus when the world and our triggers distract and discourage us?
It goes far beyond just remembering all that he did for us. When we are engaged in an activity that takes all of our strength and will, like climbing a mountain or doing that one last push-up, we choose a focus point and engage our will to force ourselves to keep going. There are times when I would have given up if it were not for good dedicated friends encouraging me to keep going. But, I had to choose the right path and choose to stay on it myself. Without my purposeful choice, I would have failed miserably.
Whatever situation you are in that is discouraging you and causing you to want to give up, look into Jesus’ eyes and choose to do the right thing. He will encourage you even when you have no one else. If you are being bullied, or people are trying to dissuade you from something that you know you need to do, choose to take the next step and the next, and the next for as long as it takes. Choose kindness, goodness, faithfulness, peace, joy and so on no matter what is happening around you and to you. Use Jesus as a shield in front of you. Sometimes when you cannot take it any more, just replace the faces of your persecutors with the face of Jesus so that you can remember that what you do is not really for them, it is for your Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. He is the one who suffered and died for you and in love for Him you can do anything. Just choose to do everything as though it were for Him.
Always surround yourself with people who will lift you up. Seek them out as if your survival depends on it because in many ways, it does.
Please read through both chapters mentioned above and think about them. Who is it speaking to? What is it actually saying? When can it be applied in your life and How? Where does it say to focus? Why does it say what it says?
Be encouraged! Your God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, cares about every detail of your life and has solutions for every difficulty. But never give up. That is something that only you have control over. Nobody can make you give up but you can choose to do so. If you give up, you will lose out on the blessings waiting for you.
This is a very important aspect of walking with God. As always, I invite replies to this blog. If you have questions, I would love to answer them. If I do not know the answer, I will study it out and get back to you.
Blessings to you all!