“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Gal. 6:9).”
A few months ago, my two sons and I joined a Taekwondo martial arts class. The instructor, who has a 5th degree black belt, shared his story about how Taekwondo saved his life. It brought the sort of discipline, hard-work, and commitment he needed in order to overcome some of the vices he struggled with in life.
After his testimony, the instructor informed me that the first few belts will not be too hard to obtain; however, as I continued along the path to attain a black belt, it would soon get very difficult and time-consuming. But then he said despite the difficulty, do not grow weary or tired; never give up. Giving up is not an option for you!
He was right. There are many kick sets, blocking steps, hand movements, and weapon training we have learned already, and at times, it can be overwhelming. But the more we show up to class and the harder we train, the better we get. In fact, we have repeated some forms so many times that I don’t even think about them when I am working out. As we sow more into our training through dedication—the greater our potential will become in reaping a harvest of mastering this valuable martial art.
The same is true in the spiritual realm. Paul reminds believers in Galatia not to become weary or give up in doing good since all their effort will soon lead to reaping a harvest for the Lord. When we attend church, counsel others, pray fervently, repent from sin, and read our Bibles, we are sowing not only into our own lives—but into the lives of others around us.
All of us are aware that the year 2020 completely changed society as a whole. The COVID-19 virus that brought fear, anxiety, sickness, and grief for many people is still affecting us today. At the same time, think about the potential harvest this pandemic could bring to the future Christian church.
For instance, people who lost jobs are looking for security, not in material wealth, but in something that can’t be taken away—spirituality. Unbelievers who tried to find their fulfillment in entertainment have been left empty due to the COVID restrictions for large sports gathering events, concerts, fairs, and other venues that would normally give them comfort. With the world changing so drastically, people are asking themselves: “What really is important in life?”
This is why we should not grow weary in doing good. It can be frustrating when we try to share the gospel with our friends, neighbors, and loved ones—and they just don’t seem to care. Maybe you are doing all you can to build relationships with people so they can see the goodness of God, but they just don’t seem to make that spiritual connection.
Regardless, never give up because the world is ripe for the harvest of Christ. Many idols have been shattered with this pandemic, leaving only the All-Powerful Immovable God standing. This is our opportunity to try even harder to share the good news that God saves sinners! It is my hope and prayer that you heed to the great commission, which is: “To go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that the Lord commanded (Matt 28:19-20).” Let’s pray!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Do not let us grow weary in doing good. Give us strength, courage, and discipline to share the gospel with those around us. Build in us a confident faith that we will soon reap a harvest. Remind us that our work is not in vain because your Word never returns void. Be glorified in our lives. In Jesus’s mighty name. Amen.
Article written by Chad A. Damitz (M.Div.)