by Rebecca Murzin
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
This is a verse I often pray for myself and for others. I ask God to help me, my brothers and sisters in Christ, the leadership, and missionaries to not to grow weary in doing good because we were created for good works that He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). There is truly nothing I desire more than to do what God desires of me and to fulfill His will in my life and to see others come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I remind myself as times get tough, in due season I will reap if I don’t give up. The truth is that sometimes it’s hard to keep going, especially for someone who is a natural introvert. My natural tendency is to want to hide away in isolation, away from everything and everyone. Also as I get older, I feel more tired. My entire life I have been go go go. I hardly needed any sleep, I could function perfectly on 2-4 hours of sleep on a regular basis. Now, over the last few years, I need to sleep (I hate to admit it, but I do).
So, how do we not grow weary? The answer of course comes from the word of God. Hebrews 12:3 “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Jesus endured hostility for us! So that we would not grow weary or fainthearted! Wow! God continues to amaze me more and more. Just as I think I could not possibly love God any more or be more amazed at just how great and awesome He is, I am proven wrong. I love that His word is active and alive (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus died for us, He paid the price for our sins, we will spend an eternity with Him, by His stripes we are healed, and He endured hostility for us that we would not grow weary. What joy this should bring to our heart and soul. That joy of the Lord gives us strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Strength to keep going, strength to endure, strength to boldly proclaim His word, strength to trust Him and have faith in Him and His ability to do anything and to help us get through anything, and strength to not grow weary in doing good. He will not leave us alone. He will give us the strength, ability, and resources to do all that He has called us to do. We can trust Him.
The thing I have to remind myself the most is that I am not supposed to and don’t need to do those things in my own strength. I have always been a strong person both physically and mentally. Because I was on my own at a very young age, I believed the lie of the enemy that said I was unloved and that no one cared about me or would help me. I was on my own and I could do anything on my own, I did not need anyone or anything. Even when I was married, I continued to believe that lie. God taught me and showed me the truth of how much I am loved and that He will never leave me or forsake me. He showed me that I did need Him and others. I need to not let myself fall back into those old habits and lies. I need to rely on the Lord and His strength that comes from the joy I have in Him. This is how I will not grow weary in doing good and how I will reap a harvest because I have not given up.