Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
That is something I will not do. What will you not do? I will not give up on serving you. Why do you say that? Do you have unusual staying power? Do you have superior discipline? Do you have incredible will-power? I have developed none of these qualities within me. What does that mean? I do not naturally have staying power, superior discipline or incredible will-power. Far from it, on my own, I am weak and inconsistent. On my own, I have the tendency to become easily discouraged and defeated. Growing weary, giving up and quitting would not be a remote possibility for me, if I were to rely on myself to go and do your work. That’s true.
So why then, are you not giving up and quitting? Well, I am not relying on myself. I am relying on you. I know that you will encourage and strengthen me. You will lift me up. You will keep me moving forward with you. You will empower me to do your work. You will make me able to know and do your will. You will help me to reap a rich harvest for your kingdom. Yes, I will.
When can you expect to reap a rich harvest for my kingdom? I’m not sure what you mean. Will a rich harvest come quickly and easily? Will you be likely to reap a rich harvest right after your initial efforts? No, not likely. Why is that? There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. Rich harvests do not usually occur over night. Rich harvests are often the result of continuous effort over many years. That’s right. What does that principle mean to you? I need to keep on working day after day and night after night. I must not grow weary. I must not give up and quit. I must keep on relying on you to give me strength and encouragement and hope as I continue to serve you. Will you keep on serving me? Will you keep on giving me your best efforts? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
What promise can you hold on to? What is most certainly true? What can you believe without a doubt? I will reap a rich harvest for your kingdom if I do not give up. Will you keep on serving me? Will you keep on going and doing what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will reap a rich harvest for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will not give up. I will not grow weary. I will not quit. Why is true? You will strengthen me. You will encourage me. You will empower me. You will make me able to bear a rich harvest for your kingdom. For that, I will give my best and unending efforts. Amen
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