Galatians 6:9 says, Let us not become weary [exhausted, spiritless] in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Do you feel exhausted? Do you feel like you are carrying a huge weight on your back? Are you smiling on the outside, but frowning on the inside? Have you been losing you joy? Your peace? Your purpose? Are you doubting God? Are you wanting to give up on ministry? If so, God has burdened me to tell you “Do not give up!” There are three specific areas I feel that God is wanting you to not give up in. In fact, I want to take the next 3 blogs to talk about each of these areas. Whether you are a student, pastor, parent, or small group leader, I believe this blog will help you. The 3 areas are:
- Don’t give up on the WORK that God is doing IN YOU.
- Don’t give up on the WORD that God has spoken OVER YOU.
- Don’t give up on the PEOPLE that God is CALLING you to.
Don’t give up on the WORK that God is doing IN YOU.
There is no doubt that God is doing a great work in you. Can you sense it? Or have you been so busy that you can’t even recognize it? Let me give you some good news: “God is still doing a work in you even if you can’t articulate or comprehend what it is.” God is going to finish what he started! Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (NLT).
Galatians 6:9 is calling us to trust, believe, and not give up. This is easy when we are in a good season of life, but what about our bad seasons? Thankfully, this verse is speaking to those difficult seasons. The truth is that we are all going to go through difficult times in life. When times get difficult, we tend to immediately want to give up on what God is doing in us. For example, when something goes wrong in our lives (doctor report, failure, relational conflict, etc.), we don’t typically have an issue with eating that day, or self medicating by watching TV or a movie, or being angry, or venting on Facebook. We typically want to give up on the thing God is doing IN US. We all of a sudden lose desire to pray, attend church, serve, and give. Have you ever felt that way? I know I have! What is up with that?
I want you to know that those emotions to run from God’s purposes are direct attacks of the enemy. To be clear, God did not cause weariness in your life. Satan did. What is satan’s goal? Is it to make you feel bad? To make you shed a tear? He doesn’t care too much about your feelings. Satan wants to stop you from worshipping God and He wants to stop the work that God is doing IN YOU (Matthew 4:1-11). In other words, When times get difficult, Satan wants you to Run From God, but God wants you to run to Him. Satan knows that God is the ultimate answer to whatever you might be going through today and any day. Though your daily life may not reveal it, God is doing an eternal work in you. Don’t give up on that work! Don’t sacrifice the temporary for the eternal! Stay under the hands of God because He is working IN YOU. He is shaping your character. He is transforming your heart. He is making you into the image of Christ! Don’t give up on that work!