Gardening and I don’t get along. I don’t have the gene. I don’t have a green thumb. Plants die around me and I can’t explain why. I can do everything right (as far as I know anyway) and it just doesn’t work out. I also lack the patience. Let’s be honest, when you plant something the early days are kind of a drag. The seed is planted and you’re pouring on the water, but you don’t see any growth. It feels like you’re just watering the dirt and making mud. That’s fun when you’re a kid, but as an adult, it’s still actually pretty fun. Just not three days in a row. After three days and I don’t see any growth, I get tired of waiting and I move on with my life.
There are moments in our Chrisitan life when we feel the same way. There are moments we are trying to be consistent in our devotions, but we aren’t seeing the results we want. We pray for someone to come to Jesus and no matter how much we pray, or how many times we reach out they don’t seem any closer to salvation than when we started. We try to do good deeds and show the love of God to people, but some days we just end up getting spit on and it feels so meaningless. We do good, but we don’t see any results. It can be very tiring and we eventually reach our limit. We desire to quit and give up.
Galatians 6:9-10 (NLT) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
There is no shame in feeling tired, wondering if you’re effort is worthwhile. That’s a common human experience and I’m pretty sure it is unavoidable. However, our decisions are not dictated by how we feel. We have a choice and I urge you to make a decision to keep moving forward. Don’t fix your eyes on the drudgery, rather remember the promises of God. Think of eternity. We are not living for today, but for Heaven. Keep seeking to do good to everyone.
The scripture tells us at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. I wonder how many times we’ve given up just before the blessing? The challenge is that we don’t get to choose the right time. Our timing would be when it is convenient for us while God’s timing is when it will yield the most fruit for His Kingdom. We can trust His timing, and we can rest assured His blessing is worth the effort. It’s worth the sleepless nights. It’s worth the sacrifice. It’s worth the tears.
The danger of being on the edge of giving up is that we often close our eyes to all, but our present circumstances. The scripture tells us to do good whenever we have the opportunity. We must remain diligent and keep our eyes open for opportunity when the Lord brings it our way. Do good to people who don’t know Jesus. Do good especially to your brothers and sisters in Christ. We all need encouragement. Who knows, the good deeds you do today may keep someone else from giving up their pursuit. Remember we are in this together!
Galatians 6:2-3 (NLT) Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
I hope today that you are encouraged by this devotion.
Don’t give up, the blessing will come!