We shall reap if we faint notBro. David Chancellor
12/30/2001 6:00 PM
We want to be committed to be faithful regardless of what others do.
There is still a law of sowing and reaping. This should be an encouragement to those who are faithful to God. If we will put something into it, we will take something out. Almost nothing comes about by people "just letting things happen." Effort is required if we would do a work for God. There must first be an effort in prayer. God's work won't prosper if his people don't pray. Be faithful in prayer. Yet there is effort that goes beyond prayer. Things may not happen in the way that we would like to see them happen, but God knows. Discouragements might come. If things don't happen like you thought, don't let it hinder you. Be faithful and keep pressing on. You won't reap if you don't sow. "Let us not be weary in well-doing." Our society is results oriented, which is not all bad. We like to get results. In God's work, while we want to see results, there are some things we have to leave in God's hands. You may not always see everything that is at work. Keep doing what God would have you do. You can't measure all that is being accomplished. God sees fit to give us encouragement to help us not be weary in well-doing. "...in due season we SHALL reap if we faint not..." This can be a promise for us. The sad part is when people faint. If we faith, oftentimes we will do the little thing that will undo all we have been doing. You will live a very discouraging life if you faint every once in a while. If we will be faithful, we will accomplish a work for God. "...as we therefore have opportunity..." Often the problem is not that we don't have opportunity, but that we don't see it when it is in front of us. Opportunity often comes disguised as work. "...let us do good unto all..." If we would do something for someone else, we will have to see their need, and then do something to meet it. Recognize the need of others and do something to meet it. Our focus needs to be looking on the needs of others and seeing how we can meet that need. We should desire to do good to everyone, ESPECIALLY to our fellow Christians. We are working to a common goal and share a common salvation which gives a bond that we don't share with others. There is additional motivation to do good to those that know God. Christ would have us do good unto all; this is the power of the gospel. The kingdom of God isn't increased by force. There is a positive message here: we SHALL do a work for God if we will be faithful to him. Don't rejoice that the devil is on the run, but that your name is written in heaven and you are doing what God wants you to do. Don't faint when everything seems to be going wrong. Draw on the grace of God and keep pressing on.
"Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you..." We don't expect that you will produce that which God would not have you to produce, but things that accompany salvation. Sometimes the gospel is preached close, but saints will bear up under the examination. God won't forget the work you have done for him. If it seems no one else notices and the reaping hasn't come, God sees beyond what others see, and he notices. He sees what you are doing. As we endeavor to work for God, we are planting seed that may not be well labeled. It may take longer to bear. God is not unfaithful. We shouldn't want all our rewards down here. We should serve God regardless of how things go. Put a real emphasis on prayer. If your desire is to work for God, he notices that. It may be a hard case, but hard cases need to be won. The effort expended may not be appreciated, but keep working for God anyhow. There are souls that are greatly hardened, but there is no soul so hard that the love of God can't wear it down. Various opportunities are planted around us on a different time scale. We MUST be faithful and keep working in spite of discouragement. "Show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end." If we would see things accomplished for God, keep that same diligent pursuit. God has a promise for us: Be not weary in well-doing for in due season you SHALL reap if you faint not. We have more examples of those who in faith and patience inherited the promise than any other people has ever had. The promises are as true now as they ever have been.