Love Lifted Me
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
Growing up on a large farm, there was always plenty of work to do. The day never seemed to be long enough to get everything done on the farm. The same is true in the local church. There is always plenty of work to do, and it is easy to grow weary. The book of Galatians addresses the idea of growing weary in service. God can keep us going and help us not to grow weary in well doing.
We are to become a partner in the work of the ministry. Galatians 6:6: “Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.” Those being taught the Word need to communicate the Word. They must also be a partaker of the work and share in the fellowship and finances of the work. In essence, those being taught the Word need to become a part of the work.
We need to understand that we reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This verse could literally read: “Stop being led astray. God cannot be treated with contempt. Whatever a man keeps sowing, he will eventually reap.”
Psalm 126:6: “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” 2 Corinthians 9:6: “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. John Calvin pointed out long ago, “We are not giving, but sowing.” When we give financially to the Lord’s work, it is considered by the Lord as seed sown in the hearts of men.
We know that the seeds sown in life will surface later. Galatians 6:8: “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” The person who is constantly sowing to his own flesh in opposition to the Holy Spirit will not be renewed by the Spirit. He will have moral, physical, and spiritual corruption. Even though they have pretty blooms, it is foolish to plant thistles and expect a crop of corn. God wants to control our spirit, actions, and thoughts. If the fruit of the spirit is not manifest in your life, do not tell anyone you are a believer. If your actions detract from the faith, it is time to clean up your life and get right with God.
We must not give up the fight before the battle is over. Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Do not be weary in well doing.
We must continue to do well to all, especially to other believers. Galatians 6:10: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Be willing to support, help, and aid others. We are under a special obligation to uphold fellow believers.
Here are some ways to avoid becoming weary in well doing.1. Avoid confusing activities with spirituality. Busy-ness is not the same as living for the Lord.
2. Spend time in God’s Word in order to recharge. We often spend more time reading books about God or watching religious movies than actually reading and meditating on God’s Word.
3. Take time and make time to get away. The concept of burning out for the Lord is not a spiritual one. No one can run at full speed day after day without taking time to get away. Getting away allows us time to reevaluate our goals in life.
4. Train others. Either we do everything alone or train others to help with the work. It may take longer to get the job done while we are training others, but in the long run it will provide us time for a break.
5. Gain a proper understanding of the dynamics of servanthood. Our purpose is to glorify God, and He will reward our efforts. When we help others, it leads to God being praised and provides opportunities to share the gospel.
6. Have fun serving. We often forget that there is great joy in serving the Lord. Spending fun time with others will give us an opportunity to serve them also.
Here is a summary: Sow what you want to grow. Be patient. Take time to be refreshed by the Lord. The Lord will bless you as you do this.