Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
If anything has characterized the past couple of years, it has probably been weariness. Inundated and isolated, we have found it difficult to “get back in the swing of things”.
Do we have a choice in how we feel? Sometimes. This verse certainly implies that it is the case at points by its use of the phrase “let us not”. And what encouragement does it give us for continuing when we want to give up? A harvest. His kingdom of peace. It is our great hope.
But it also says, “as we have opportunity”. While weariness might characterize our current world, “lack of opportunity” does not. There are opportunities for doing good everywhere. That in itself can be overwhelming. Where in the world do we start?
I think our hint also comes from this verse, and it perfectly ties into the encouragement from Pastor Mark this past Sunday. We were created for good works to all people, but ESPECIALLY to those who belong to the family of believers.
What if weariness cannot simply be brushed aside? By the Holy Spirit’s guidance, as we recognize what is happening inside of us, let us seek encouragement from the spiritual network Christ has given us and connect with our brothers and sisters. It is one of the most beautiful functions of the church.
With this new year, let us seek to set aside the weariness of the past and look close to home, our local body of Christ, prayerfully considering how we can connect with and do good for each other. We are promised a harvest if we do not give up, so let us not miss the opportunity to participate!