Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing…
Perseverance is the character trait that means a continuation of that thing which has been started. The Lord Jesus was a picture of perseverance when He, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and received the reward of His efforts: the salvation of our souls. Paul said that he pressed on in his Christian life in order to fulfill the Lord’s will for his life. Though threatened with trials, difficulties and death, Paul pressed on: he persevered. As believers in the Lord, we are called to a life of well-doing, a life of service to others and a life of being a blessing (Ephesians 2:8-10). Good works are to be a part of the believer’s life (Titus 3:8). It is easy to do a good work, but it is hard to maintain good works. Why?
It goes against our sinful selfish human nature
“For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
It is not true, brethren, that we can be led to do one good deed? To persist in well doing, however, requires hard work. We have our time, our leisure, our lives, our goals and our things to do. Our sinful nature rebels against the very thought of good for others unless there is personal gain: to increase our status, to enhance our reputation, to bring in benefit and profit. But the Lord wants us to continue in well doing, and not be weary in it.
It requires a surrender of our lives to the Lord
“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
To love the Lord is to serve others because we are to follow His steps. The Lord Jesus lived for others. It is easy to surrender to the Lord and serve Him. It is difficult to surrender to the Lord when the Lord tells us to serve others. It requires us to be willing to take care of both ourselves and others. It requires us to be willing to dirty our hands for another brother and it requires us to use our time of leisure to assist a brother in need. Therefore, surrender to the Lord requires total surrender of hands, head and heart.
When we are ready to deny our heart of selfishness and totally surrender to the Lord to serve others and do the right things always, we shall reap, if we faint not. The Lord encourages us that there is reward in perseverance. The athlete who perseveres will win the medal; the marathon runner who presses on will finish the race; the student who diligently revises his work will do well in his exams; the believer who perseveres in the Christian race, with the help of Christ and His grace, will win the race and be rewarded.
Christian, be not weary in well-doing, for in so doing you shall reap if you faint not.
Evangelist-Pastor Johnny Tan
Ambassador Baptist Church