Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” NASB
I don’t like my title because I don’t believe in formulas in spiritual things. That being said, it is germane to the discussion of spiritual victory in today’s world. The apostle Paul charged us in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” That is a big hill to climb for many people who are followers of our LORD.
It is not always easy to keep from being discouraged when things do not go well. That is especially true when the floods of difficulty come. We’ve all said, “Well, when it rains it pours” in referring to difficulty. Problems seem to come on top of problems in life. When that happens, faith may sag to a low ebb at the very time you need it the most. It is in times like that we want to throw in the towel, give up, and quit or slack up and run for cover.
In this passage, we find God’s prescription for victorious living. He gives us Instruction, a Promise, and a Condition. All three are incredibly important to understand. I ask that you embark on a brief journey with me into the realm of the supernatural and God’s Abundant Life.
First, we consider The Instruction. In the KJV it reads, “let us not be weary in well-doing…” The word weary implies a total emptiness of focus and energy. It could be said, “to be spiritless.” This directive or instruction is not easy to pursue when we have tried, and no visible result has transpired. We have tried, but conditions have worsened. Imagine the plight of the apostle Paul as recorded in 2 Corinthians 11. I urge you to read verses 24-28 again and meditate on his situation.
Once you have done that, I ask that you join me in considering our own ministries and motives. We can keep going if… If what? We can endure incredible difficult if our motive for doing what we do is for God’s Glory, not personal gain or ease. Years ago, when the church I was leading saw dozens of souls born into the kingdom. One man opposed me and was influential enough in the church that, despite the budding revival, some wanted to oust me. This man was motivated by jealousy and even threatened me physically. I met with him, recognized his ministry publicly, prayed for him and with him and he persisted. I wanted to walk away but God opened a door of ministry that I could not ignore. Had I given up the church would have suffered, and some souls would not have been won for Jesus.
Why do you do what you do? No matter your job, calling, vocation, task, position or condition, the Why is incredibly important and will determine whether or not you persist with faith. If you are doing what you do, “as unto the LORD,” take heart and refuse to give up for God will not fail. He has the answer to your predicament or trial.
Second, we need to consider The Promise. “…for in due season, we shall reap…” In the Book of Ecclesiastes, we find in 3:1 a powerful statement, “To every this there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
Tragically for many, God’s timing does not fit their preconceived notion of how things should be. I have found in my 50 years of ministry that God’s timing is perfect. It may seem late to me but in the scheme of things, He is always right on time. He may be working on people or conditions that you were totally unaware and needed the time to bring it all together for His Glory and the best good of all concerned.
The time of reaping is coming if we refuse to give up. There is going to be a harvest. What we sow we reap. If we have been sowing in ‘well-doing’ that harvest will be good. Due season is provisional, but it comes.
Finally, we need to consider The Condition. “if we faint not…” It is the one who finishes the course or the race that gets the prize. This is the place in the process where we can void the Promise of God and abort our harvest of good. Our receiving the Promise is conditional upon this provision – We Must Not Faint. We Must Not Give Up. We Must Not Quit. Live every day of your life with the end in view.
I read a poem early in my ministry and have used it many times. I want to share it with you as I conclude. It is entitled “Made of Right Stuff.”
“A little brown cork fell into the path of a whale who lashed it down with his angry tail.
But in spite of its blows, it quickly arose and floated serenely before his nose.
Said the cork to the whale, ‘You may flap, sputter, and frown, but you will never, never keep me down.
For I’m made of the stuff that is buoyant enough to float instead of drown.”
What are you made of? In Jesus, you are made of the stuff that is buoyant enough to float instead of drown! God bless you as you persevere in His Promises and Presence.
Have a Great Day!