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Let Us Not Grow Weary

July 13, 2013

This is the summary of our first session in the year 2013 (sorry it’s so late!!):

It is a new year, an appropriate time to take a few moments to look back on where we have been, consider where we are now, and look ahead to where we are going.  Over the course of the last two and half years, we have only just begun to plumb the depths of what God’s word says about godly womanhood.  We have looked at the gospel basis for relationships, biblical peacemaking, purity of the heart and body, modesty, biblical courtship, the gift of singleness, our relationships with our parents, how to love our husbands and children, how to be self-controlled, and how to manage our homes wisely and efficiently.  We have covered a lot of ground, praise be to God!

It is a blessing to find out more about how God wants us to live, but it also results in us bearing more responsibility to live it out, since we are accountable for what we know.  When we truly seek out God’s will and we desire in our hearts to glorify Him, He enables us by the Holy Spirit to do the good works which He “prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10)  But sometimes, instead of feeling empowered and full of zeal, we feel flat and weary.  We feel like we have nothing left to give.

Thankfully, we can always turn to God’s word for encouragement, and today we will look at some passages that should help us not to “grow weary of doing good.”:

Read Galatians 6:9-10 and consider the nature and timeline of sowing and reaping.  A farmer does not sow one day, and reap the next.   He sows, and then he labours to tend his fields while he waits patiently for the harvest.  So must we.  Note the promise in the passage:  in due season, we will reap if we don’t give up.  If a farmer decided to abandon his farming career because his crops didn’t yield anything the week after sowing, he would never realize what a splendid harvest might have awaited him if he had laboured on.  In this world of instant gratification, we have become so accustomed to getting immediate results that we’ve all but lost our ability to wait patiently.  We send an e-mail or a text and we expect an instant reply.  We pay for a download and watch a movie the next minute.  We get upset if our fast food order takes longer than four minutes to process.  Those same expectations can creep into our Christian thinking as well:  I invited Jessica to church but she didn’t come – I guess she’s not interested, so I just won’t pursue her anymore.  I’ve prayed and prayed for my family member to be saved, but there has been no change in his/her life – my prayers are ineffectual.  I’ve been reading the Scriptures daily with my kids but they don’t seem to be paying any attention or bearing any fruit – what’s the point of continuing?  I’ve been doing acts of kindness for our unbelieving  neighbours for a few weeks now but they still don’t seem very receptive to having a relationship with our family – why am I troubling myself to reach out when it probably won’t do anything but use up time that I could spend in (seemingly) more fruitful ways?

We can easily be tempted to assume that our witness and testimony to others is having absolutely no effect and therefore is not worth the effort, but we must not give up.  In preparation for this session I read an account of a man named Luke Short who was converted at the age of 103 when he recalled a sermon that he had heard preached by John Flavel eighty-five years earlier!  We must never assume that our good works and evangelistic efforts are futile. The Lord is at work in us and through us.

Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 and 12:9 and recognize the relationship between human weakness and God’s strength.  God used hardship to bring Paul to the end of himself so that he would rely whole-heartedly on God’s strength.  We might see our weaknesses and despair as barriers to our “effectiveness” as Christians, but these are merely tools in our Master’s hands.  May we rely whole-heartedly on God, and pray that the power of Christ will rest upon us.

Read John 15:5,7,8 and remember it well.  We can do nothing to bear fruit if we are not abiding in the vine, Jesus Christ.  But if we do abide in Him, we will be exceedingly fruitful and effective in the advancement of His Kingdom.

And now, as a logical response to these passages, we ought to read and memorize God’s word, and pray without ceasing.  May the Lord give us the faith, the desire, and the discipline to do so.  May we not grow weary of doing good.

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