Weary One, Don't Give Up

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Galatians 6:9‭-‬10

Tired. Exhausted. Or as the good southern expression goes, worn slap out. Does this resound with anyone? Because it certainly has for me. In fact, the past few years have been seemingly extra tiresome for everyone. People's entire worlds have been shaken upside down and trying to navigate something new and different can be completely exhausting.


What are we to do? Can we quit what we're doing? When is enough finally enough?


On the surface, the answer may seem exhausting. In Galatians 6, Paul tells the church to not get tired of doing good. So, the answer to my weariness is to simply NOT be weary? Just keep on keeping on? That doesn't seem very comfortable! Yet, that is exactly the point. Our Christian life isn't meant to be easy and comfortable.


Take what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 for instance:


Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.


He calls the weary to Himself for rest, however, He doesn't say, "No worries! I've got everything and you can just relax on the sidelines from here on out." In fact, it's nearly the opposite. He tells the weary to come to Him for rest and to take HIS yoke. His burden. How is taking on another burden to give us rest?


Our burdens that we carry are not eternal. The job situation, arguments, financial woes, and a million other things: they are temporary. We give up these temporary things to Him in exchange for eternal things. Knowing that all that matters are the eternal things is a much easier burden to carry than our temporary woes.


Now, back to Galatians 6. Knowing that we are not to grow weary doing good, these are good things for the sake of eternity that we are concerned with. We can't grow weary in doing those because they have eternal significance. For parents, those good things may include teaching your children the Bible. In your church family, maybe it is loving on a hurting family or helping someone who is in need of an extra hand one day. For a teacher, that might mean loving on children who don't know Jesus in hopes that they may be led to Him through you. For your workplace, it might look like inviting a coworker who doesn't know Jesus over for dinner and making a relationship with them in order that they might come to know the Savior.


Weary one, don't give up. Lay down that heavy burden of temporary things and trade it for His yoke.

Don't grow weary of doing good things.

They still matter.




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