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ON THE ROAD TO OVERCOMING BEING WEARY IN WELL DOING

    

ON THE ROAD TO CONQUERING BEING WEARY IN WELL DOING

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT RECOGNIZED FOR WHAT YOU DO WHEN ALL YOU DO IS GOOD ?

 

Before going to this particular scripture, I must first ask the question, “Who is it that you are trying to please? God or Man. I know that your first response is “of course I’m trying to please God.”But then there is trailer that follows, “but everyone wants a pat on the back.” We all at one time or another have a desire to or a need to toot our horns. Whether consciously or unconsciously, there are times when we have an insatiable desire to be validated by others however, when that need is not satisfied, we find ourselves weary.

Our actions should be motivated by love, not our need to prove who we are or what our capabilities are or to receive a hearty “well done, good job, thank you, etc.” When our actions are motivated by love, the fruit of the spirit are visible. Those visible fruit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This is not to say that we will not be tried from time to time. There are none of us whose buttons will not be pushed at one time or another. Just when we feel we are at the top of our game, our patience run out, hatred tries to creep in, our peace subsides, our hearts are troubled, loyalty is questionable, or we lose self-control. That in itself is enough to make one give up, to make one weary. Most of your life, you have been concerned about others, you have tried to be a good parent, you have been an avid church worker, a good employee, you have been honorable and respectable.

 

You did all this and you were all of these things and no one recognized you. You were almost always an oversight or an afterthought. After a while you start to think, what’s the use? I may as well give up. Most of your Christian life, you have put forth every effort to do good, not to say that you have not erred from time to time, but your goal was to do good. Your goal was to show love, to assist wherever needed. Suddenly, because it appears you are unnoticed, you feel like giving up. No one really cares anyway. This is what Paul meant, when he said "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. "(Galatians 6:9) He went on to say in the next verse, "As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Here he is encouraging us to do good, not to tire of doing good and to expect a harvest.

 

While writing on this topic, I realize that I am writing to myself about myself. I was at a point of letting go of all that I had accomplished. But while writing this, and allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to me as I was writing, it is more evident now more than ever, that I have to wait on my harvest. King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1; “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. The conclusion of the matter is my season has not yet come, and since I believe the Word of God, I know it is on the way.

 

I am reminded of the Prophet Isaiah who wrote, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.“ (Isaiah 40:31) There is that word again, weary. Do Christians get weary? What was the Prophet Isaiah talking about when he said they shall run and not be weary? What did the Apostle Paul mean when he said Let us not be weary in well doing. The simple meaning of weary is TIRED. The prophet Isaiah said they shall run and not get tired. The apostle Paul said don’t get tired of doing well, (doing good). Both the Prophet and the Apostle assures us that The Lord will strengthen us, and that we will reap the benefits of serving a true and living God, but we must wait for it. No one knows when “due season” is. But rest assured, if we do not faint, if we do not give up, if we wait on God, we will reap a harvest. What we have planted will come up. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap". Remember, what you plant in your garden is what will come up. Plant the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, cultivate them, then wait on the Lord, with patience and you shall reap all of God’s benefits.


To answer the question, what do you do when you are not recognized for what you do, when all you do is good, you keep on doing good . In the natural, when we get tired, we stop. But I want to encourage anyone reading this article to trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding and He will direct your path. I encourage you not to get tired of doing good. If your actions are motivated by love and the end result is to please God and not man, then don’t give up just because you are not recognized for all that you do. God sees and God knows. He is in control and when the season is right, your harvest will come forth.

Dr. J. G. Johnson

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