Never Weary in Doing Good
Bible Reading: Galatians 6:6-10; Matthew 5:13-16; John 1:1-5
A question that has plagued mankind as far back as the wise king, Solomon, is this: why do bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people? I believe that many of us fall into this dangerous and weird type of “Karma Christianity”. In Karma Christianity, we think that if we do good, then God will make good things happen for us. But life tells us that this is not the case. It is not that God gives us bad in exchange for our good works, or that God gives good to those who do bad. The truth is that we live in a fallen world where happy endings and just rewards do not always come. In a world where there is so much evil happening every day, it can grow discouraging to keep serving Christ by loving and serving people. We can question whether or not it is worth to let our light shine into the world of darkness when it looks like the darkness continues to grow.
Paul’s words of encouragement to the Galatians also build us up, because he exhorts them to, “not grow weary in doing good.” Don’t stop loving and serving the world, and never slow down in letting your light shine for the glory of God. But what is it that motivates Christians to never stop doing good? What is the prize before our eyes? “In due season we will reap.” If we never see the rewards of our lives in this life, we know that this life is not all that there is. Our hope is found in nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness. We look to Him and remember the promises of God that proclaim to us salvation and peace. We think of new heaven and new earth where there is no crying, pain or illness. These things encourage us to never stop doing good, but love and serve people all the more.
As we strive to be salt and light to the world, and doing good for others for the glory of our Heavenly Father, there is one important truth that guides us: darkness can never defeat light. In John 1, we read about Christ being with God I the beginning, and how all things were made by and through Christ. And then John writes something so simple yet so powerful for believers to grab hold of. He writes, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” When you see the world around you, and how it seems that darkness is growing more and more, take heart, because darkness can never overcome light. If anything, against the darkness of life, the light of Christ seems to shine even brighter! The promises of God set captives free, create new life where there was once death, and light up the darkness of sin and despair. Let the promises of God guide you into righteous and good. Let them fill you with hope and peace today, and every day. May His light fill you and flow out of you.
Call to Action: How can we keep ourselves from growing weary of doing good and keep our light shining brightly? We must plug ourselves into someone greater than ourselves. We must come to the place of surrender where daily we cry out that we need God. We seek Him above all else, and He will give you the strength of mind and body you need to let your light shine and do good in the world. There are multiple ways to seek God every day, and the main ones have remained the same for ages. We seek God through prayer, through reading and learning His Word, through fellowship with other believers, through fasting and worship. These are precious gifts from God. Do not let them go unused and gathering dust. Use these means of grace to seek God above all else, and may He add to you all you need.