Weary in Well Doing

Even the greatest grand pianos get out of tune. Pick up a Bible. Let God tune you. And get back to work.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. –Galatians 6:9 (KJV)

Serving Christ isn’t always easy.  It’s often difficult, discouraging, and downright exhausting.  After a week of research and preparation, teaching should be a breeze, but that’s not the case.  Usually an hour or two of teaching exhausts me more than an entire week of research.  A simple discussion with a struggling friend can tire me more than months of psychological study, and the knowledge of intense personal battles can exhaust me more than the knowledge of any far-off war.

This is the life of a servant of Christ.  It is exhausting and often painful, yet it is totally worth it.  It is on these especially wearying days that Galatians 6:9 takes on a whole new meaning, or rather, a personal meaning.  No more is the concept of spiritually reaping what you sow abstract, it is personal.  No longer is it a simple fact, it is a powerful truth.  And no longer is your exhaustion meaningless, it is a purpose-filled weariness brought about by that which will produce eternal reward.

It is no wonder then that we are told to not grow weary in well doing.  Notice that this is not a suggestion. This is not an option.  This is not a course for only the “super-Christians”.  This is a command, a command written by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.  And don’t think for a moment that Paul didn’t know what it’s like to be weary, for he knew all too well.  He had been beaten.  He had been stoned.  He had even been left for dead, yet he still desired to be conformed to Christ in his sufferings.  The Apostle Paul was most certainly wearied by these incidents, yet he did not grow weary in well doing.  He would continue to do good, even when it cost him his head.

The reason for this command is clear: “In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  Our temporary exhaustion will reap for us eternal vitality.  Our temporary losses will reap for us eternal reward.  Our temporary sadness will reap for us eternal joy.  These temporary sorrows are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed hereafter!  And ultimately, our well doing is only done because of Christ’s becoming sin, and our eternal glorification is only due to Christ’s humiliation.  He Who knew no sin became sin for us.  That is why we will not grow weary in well doing.

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