Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
If you are anything like me, you can remember studying subjects in school that caused you to stare at your homework with a feeling of hopelessness. Perhaps you felt that the teacher had determined you were a lost cause. That’s a difficult environment in which to learn. John Calvin once noted something similar, writing, “There is nothing that can alienate us more from attending to the truth than to see that we are deemed to be past hope.”
It’s easy to feel hopeless in our Christian walk—to “grow weary of doing good.” Perhaps many of our contributions to the needs of God’s people have been abandoned simply because we grew discouraged about their effects or discouraged by our own ongoing inability to get to grips with defeating sin and growing in holiness. We must stick with it! As we work at obeying the Lord in the Christian life, God works in us to change and grow us (Philippians 2:12-13). And John assured the believers of his day about their faith in Christ when he said, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers” (1 John 3:14, emphasis added). How many of us would finish that sentence in that way? Yet even Jesus Himself said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
So, do not give up. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he recognized their exemplary “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3). What was true for the church in Thessalonica could be true for us: our expression of faith can, like theirs, be practical, tangible, and persistent. They were not a flash in the pan followed by enthusiasm fizzling out; their acts of Christian kindness were consistent over time.
Doing good is tiring, but we must be careful not to tire of it. For one day the King of Glory will say to the righteous, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). Until that time comes, we have the privilege of obeying and serving Christ with unwavering hope. So, how are you showing tangible expressions of Christian kindness toward the wanderer, the stranger, the prisoner in affliction, the widow, the destitute? Is it time to ask God for strength and purpose to be about His work and to get started, or restarted, in “doing good”?
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