Do Not Grow Weary in Doing Good
Well, fall has arrived and the smell of pumpkin spiced lattés is already spreading. When I was a kid, I always dreaded fall because it meant the end of my summer vacation. But even though I dreaded going back to school, I had to admit there was always a little bit of excitement that came with the start of a new school year. It meant I got to see my friends again, unpackage my new pens and try on my new school shoes. For you, fall might mean excitement for starting school, or having your kids start school, or getting out your scarves and making a nice hot fall drink. It also means the start of a new ministry year when programs are kicking off, and there’s renewed energy and excitement for how God is going to work in lives and hearts this new ministry year. Maybe you even use this time as an opportunity to have a renewed excitement about your walk with God, and to commit to turning to the Lord regularly through prayer, reading God’s Word, and getting involved in the Church.
But what happens when October hits? What happens when it starts getting darker earlier, when our new routines seem mundane, when the excitement you had for the new school year has lost its charm? What happens when we get tired of fighting sin and temptations in our lives that just don’t seem to go away? When we get tired, it is harder to do the right thing. When one of my boys wakes up at 3AM, it’s not easy for me to jump up and say, “Cassandra, I would love to serve you right now and go get our boy. In fact, it would bring me such joy!” We can get tired physically, tired of relationships that are fading, tired of ministry, tired of fighting sin, tired of calling out sin in others. And when we get tired, it can be harder to do what is good. But when that happens, when we get tired, the apostle Paul urges us to keep going in our walk with Christ.
He says this in 2 Thessalonians 3:13, “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.”
Even when tired, do not tire in doing what is good. Don’t grow weary in doing what is right in God’s eyes. As the excitement of a new school and ministry year wanes and struggles come, don’t wane in doing what is right. When we get tired of fighting sin or tired of seeing sin rampant around us, there can be a temptation to think that to do what is good just isn’t worth it anymore—to think it’s not worth the fight. But we can trust that to do what is good in God’s eyes, according to His Word, is always worth it. And when it seems like it’s not worth doing what is good, and there’s just not a lot of good around us, we can trust that God is moving and working even when it doesn’t seem like it. And we can go to this God and ask Him to help us do what is good over and over again.
So as we enter into this new season with excitement and a fresh outlook, commit even now to doing what is good when that excitement fades. Commit to following Jesus and walking with Him even when it doesn’t seem worth it. When we get tired, do not tire in doing what is good.