The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Why do you think he felt this advice was necessary? Do not grow weary while doing good…
One obvious answer is that it is possible to “grow weary” from “doing good.” Anyone who has ever tried to help people, even just a little, will understand what this means. Those folks who give up large amounts of their time to volunteer work and service particularly feel the danger. We can grow weary from doing good.
Sometimes this is burnout. We neglect our family or other needs because we are engaging in works of charity. And this is a real danger. Other times, it is the the people we are trying to help who make the job wearisome. And sometimes folks just plain disagree about what needs to be done. One man’s “doing good” is another man’s “irresponsibility.” “I’m just here to help” can at times be a really exasperating thing to hear (and say).
And so what should we do in these situations? How do we keep from growing weary?
I think the first response always has to be to remember God. Remember who He is and that He has brought all of this upon you. And most of all, remember that God loves you and has provided eternal salvation for you in Christ. The rest is quite literally “just details.” Still beyond this, the Apostle Paul gives two primary instructions:
1) Remember your future reward. We shall reap what we sow. Obviously this is not meant to be taken in the sense of works righteousness. It is also not meant to imply a quid pro quo. We are not cutting a deal with God in this life. Still, the concept of reward is not in itself a bad thing. Rewards are good. They acknowledge that the work was good, and they honor the one who did them. If we do good in this life, we will be rewarded in the world to come. Jesus himself said, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Matt. 19:29)
2) Do even more good. Paul says that we should “do good to all” as we have the opportunity. He singles out fellow believers as the first among those to whom we should be doing good, and so we must always start with the church. You cannot seek to do good for the world if you are neglecting the church. But still, you cannot miss the instruction to do good to all, even nonbelievers.
When you are growing weary from doing good, the answer is to look for more good to be done. The answers, while easy to say, are by no means easy to do. Still, they are the right solution. Remember who God is and what He has done for you. Remember your future reward. And go look for more work to do!