Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Avoiding Weariness in Well Doing...

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Galatians 6:9-10  AMPLIFIED

I recently had an opportunity to share a devotional for a group of volunteers, and thought it might be appropriate to share here on the blog as well.

At times in this life it would seem almost easy to give up on a long awaited dream or a plan or something we have worked hard to achieve.  Jesus said that in this life we would have tribulation, but in our trials to be of good cheer because He had overcome this world. 

Weariness can tend to be a part of life especially when you are doing something for the benefit of others, or "working" for the Lord.  Weariness can hit all sectors; whether you are a volunteer, a parent, a teacher, a laborer, or even a minister; we are all admonished to not give in to weariness.

Missionaries Robert and Mary Moffat illustrate this truth.

Robert and Mary Moffat were married in Africa and began their lives together ministering in Bechuanaland (now called Botswana).  Robert was the man who called David Livingston to come to Africa.  Livingston married the Moffat's daughter and went on to become a world famous anti-slave crusader, scientist, explorer and missionary.
For 10 long years Robert and Mary labored faithfully without one person showing interest in the Good News.  They could not report a single convert, and often their very lives were in danger.  In fact, Robert once said that the labor was “compared to an attempt to transform the surface of a granite rock into arable land.” (1)

At one point the London Missionary Society considered bringing them home and giving up the mission. The thought of leaving their post, however, was very troubling to the Moffats.  They were sure that God was in their labors, and that they would see people come to Christ in due season. Mary would tell Robert, we may not live to see it, but the awakening will come as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow."
Then one day, friends in England sent word to the Moffats that they wanted to mail them a gift and asked what they would like.  Trusting that in time the Lord would bless their work, Mrs. Moffat replied, “Send us a communion set; I am sure it will soon be needed.”

God honored her faith, and in 1829, the awakening came! The Holy Spirit moved upon the hearts of the villagers, and soon a little group of six converts was united to form the first Christian church in that land.

The communion set from England was delayed in the mail; but the package arrived on the Friday before the first commemoration of the Lord’s super in Bechuanaland.

Like the missionary society, we might feel tempted to give up on a project, especially when we don't see fruit... even after ten years!

We might want to give up on a friend or a loved one with a problem or habit they cannot seem to overcome.

Or perhaps on a child who seems ready to depart from the values you have taught him or her.

Maybe you have friends who are not followers of Jesus and reject the idea of becoming one.

But like the Moffats, we rest in the promise of a future hope. 

Sow in Hope and Focus on the Finished Work of Christ

Paul had sown his life into the Galatians, he had planted a church there on the foundation of Jesus Christ plus nothing, but now the Galatians were being tempted to go back into the bondage of legalism.
His admonition to them was to not grow weary, but to keep doing good to all people...

In Hebrews 12: 1-3 we are admonished to keep our focus and hope in the finished work of Christ to avoid weariness and discouragement. 

The key to avoiding weariness is the same key to walking out this life of faith. 

When Christ called Peter to walk on the water (Matthew 14:28-31), he immediately got out of the boat and began walking toward the Lord.  It wasn't until he began to look at the waves and storm around him that he began to sink.  As long as he focused on Jesus, he was safe. 

In the same way, whenever we are focused on the work, or the problem, or the challenge before us and not on Jesus, we may become overwhelmed, discouraged and weary.  Once we get our focus off of ourselves and on to Jesus, we sense His peace and presence.

We must keep our eyes on the finished work of Jesus Christ, and rest in the fact that we are complete in Him. 

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