Are you tired? Have you poured your heart into something and grown weary in the process? You are not alone. In fact, it is so easy to grow weary in what you do that the scripture addresses the subject. Gal 6:9 says, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (ESV)
When the process takes a long time to see results, we get tired and discouraged. We get lost in the doing and lose sight of the end goal. When we are doing good and our eyes are on the Lord, we are strengthened, encouraged and energized in the work. The Lord is our source. If we remain in fellowship with Him and obedient to Him, we will not grow weary. There are several things to keep in mind.
1. Is what we are doing, what God has called us to do?
This is really important for us to know. If we are asked by God to do something, we can know we have His support in the process no matter how long it takes.
2. Are we doing it in our own strength?
Do we have the belief that the whole project or ministry or duty is on our shoulders alone? If God asks us to do something, He will carry us through it no matter how stressful, difficult or dangerous the job is. We are not alone. He will not leave us.
3. Are we trying to do our job and God’s job too?
Sometimes we think that when God asks us to do something or calls us into ministry, we are responsible for every aspect of it. The truth is that we are responsible for what God asks us to do. He is responsible for the soul work and changing hearts. We can not change people. We can’t even change our own hearts. But God can.
4. Are we spending time in the Word?
If we are spending time reading the Bible and meditating on it, we can be refreshed, encouraged and strengthened. If we do not spend time in the Word, we will become depleted, weary and discouraged.
5. Are we spending time developing our relationship with God?
God wants a personal relationship with us. It goes beyond reading the Bible and studying it. It involves us spending time talking to God and sitting quietly with Him listening to what He has to say about things. We can learn a lot about ourselves in that relationship, and a lot about God and how He wants to interact with us. He has not stopped communicating with us. We have stopped listening. Take the time when you read the word of God, to talk with Him and to listen. He desires relationship with us on a deeper level that we are usually not willing to allow. God will never contradict the scripture. It is His word after all. The deeper our relationship with Him develops, the more mature we become, and the more peace we have.
6. What is our attitude?
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV) 2 Corinthians 10:5b, “we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.” (CJB) If we entertain thoughts that are not what God would approve of, we are removing the guard or protection from our hearts. We then develop sinful attitudes which lead us to sinful actions. It can also lead to discouragement and defeat.
7. What is the motive of our heart?
Our motives are important. Why are we doing what we are doing? Is it because God has asked us to do it and we love God so we obey, or is it because it makes us feel good about ourselves? Is there a bit of pride involved? Are we doing it grudgingly? If our motives are not upright before the Lord, we will become an easy target for spiritual attack.
If we are becoming weary of doing good, you can be sure that there is something in our own hearts that needs attention. Let’s bring it before the Lord and hear His heart so that we can grow and be encouraged.
I know of a missionary who worked for thirty years amongst an Islamic group. On human terms, it was a waste of time and energy, a total failure. Not one person came to know Christ in all the years he served there. Often he would become discouraged but he continued on because God had called him and He trusted that eventually, God would reap a harvest. A few years after the missionaries death, his son felt the call to that same group. He argued with God telling Him of all the struggles his father had there and the wasted effort his father had put into those people. God continued to lay on the son’s heart to go back to those people. So he went. He wanted to please God. He returned to the village and began to minister to the people. There was a new chief as the old chief had died. The young chief came to the missionary and told him about his missionary father. He said, “Your father never gave up on us. Now you have come to tell us about Jesus, just like your father did. Because you and your father have been faithful to God, I will accept Jesus as my savior.” That young chief accepted the Lord and the whole village followed. From that place, many have gone to be missionaries. God is faithful. He continued to work in the hearts of the people to draw them to himself. The harvest is God’s.
If you are weary of doing good, please refresh your soul in communion with the one who can strengthen. Trust Him with the end results. Do your job well and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matt 25:21 (NIV) God is responsible for the harvest. Our sole job is to be obedient to Him and to remain in communion with Him; to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
That is How we can serve without growing weary.
Blessings to you all!