Do you ever feel weary? Tired in your spirit? Hear these encouraging words from someone who knew spiritual fatigue…
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Paul, writing to the believers in Galatia (Galatians 6:10)
Can you sense the confidence that comes with the forward-looking promise to the ones who are faithful?
Early this morning I gathered with some guys and we discussed this verse. It was so refreshing to consider the fruitful outcome of “hanging in there”. In previous verses (5:22-23), there’s a picture of the Holy Spirit producing fruit through us, (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). That special fruit isn’t being held for a future picnic on the heavenly lawn, it’s for now. It’s for the mundane places of daily activity that seed-bearing fruit is intended to carry life.
So, if you feel like the only one trying to live faithfully in your office, shop, department, or family, remember:
- As fruit producers, Jesus said we’re the branches not the vine (John 15:5). Nutrition and refreshment come from Him alone, not from within us. We need regular replenishment through time with God and His word.
- Getting together regularly with a few other believers helps us grow, while also being a source of encouragement. If you don’t have support in your life now, pray for God’s provision of some godly, growing friends.
- “Don’t lose heart” – Since Jesus is “Lord of the Harvest” (Matt. 9:38), it’s His master gardening plan. Our part isn’t to make the seeds grow; it’s to faithfully cultivate and pray.
- Lastly, “due season” may prove to come slower than hoped (with the results not readily seen), but it’s still a valid promise of fruit…in time.