Each Sunday my pastor goes through several Scriptures that he has us repeat as affirmations. One of the affirmations is based on Hebrews 6:10
Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
He often paraphrases it to say that God is not coldblooded to forget what you have done in his name. The point that he’s trying to make is that no matter what we do for fellow believers, or whatever we do to witness to unbelievers, whatever we do to support our local church, God will never forget and He will reward you.
At those times when you become weary because of spending all day cleaning the church, or trying to help a family in need or food or shelter, or spending time consoling a grieving husband, wife, or child; not getting enough sleep because you are preparing for a Bible study or sermon; at those times remember that God will never forget.
Galatians 6:9 (KJV)9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
I also remember that God rewards those who work in and for His kingdom. Those rewards may come as material things in this world but those rewards are temporary. The real lasting rewards will come at the time that He judges the things that we did while we lived in these mortal bodies.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV)10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
I thought of these things as I read this devotional from Holy Emotions- Biblical Responses to Every Challenge by Carol McLeod and Just Joy Ministries .
Don’t Become Weary In Well Doing
A Bible dictionary defines weariness as, "exhaustion; to be faint; to wear out or be worn out; tired, sick, fatigued, exhausted and out of patience."
Perhaps the Bible dictionary just described you! In any case, that is the "you" that the enemy wants you to be. Satan is conniving, deceptive and secretive and he will wear you out any way that he is able to do so. The route to weariness is a short one and you will arrive at exhaustion sooner than you dare believe.
The devil, who is your arch-enemy, wants you to be worn out and run ragged through your entire life. As you fill your life with stuff, things and busyness, he is laughing hysterically at you knowing that he just won this battle.
Satan is wearing down the saints of the Most High God with busyness and the tyranny of the urgent. Satan knows that you will lose every battle you face if he can wear you down. What will you lose? Not your eternal salvation, of course, but you will lose your temper and your patience. You will also lose your perspective and your peace of mind. You might lose your creativity and your daily disciplines.
The devil's plan is to keep you so busy and distracted from the primary issues of life that you live a run-down, worn-out existence rather than an abundant life. The devil does not tempt you with blatant evil but with things that seem good. Satan will use something that appears momentarily good to call you away from God's best for your life. What good thing is distracting you from God's best today? Good things may wear you down, but God's best will always strengthen you and bring peace to your life.
Often when I am feeling overwhelmed, I declare to the devil and all of his wimpy nincompoops, "You are not going to wear me down - I am going to wear you down with worship and the Word of God!" After you make that declaration, then begin to reevaluate your choices so that you break the cycle of weariness in your life. Purpose today that you will no longer invest yourself in urgent demands, but that you will devote yourself to eternal, important disciplines. Trust me, you will only need to make a few strategic choices to replace your weariness with God's perfect peace.
*Hebrews 6:9-10 (KJV)9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
*2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NKJV)13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.
*(Scriptural references mine)
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.