Wisdom Wednesday

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

Wisdom is having a long view of things. The passage today reminds me of the workload before Christmas. For many jobs, the lead up to Christmas means extra work to get everything done before a break. What’s supposed to be a festive time can often look like a stressful time, at least in the lead up and for a few days after. But what often keeps you going is the knowledge that there is a break coming.

This is the view Christians can have on earth. We can work hard, keep working hard, even sometimes pushing on beyond even what we thought we could endure. How? By keeping our eyes looking onward and upward. To the due season where we will reap. 

Today, there’s a lot of talk of burn-out. And a lot of fear. I rekon a lot of people work/serve ‘within themselves’ because they fear burning out. We often don’t do the good we could/should because it feels beyond our safe limits. But what if burn-out was less connected to how much we work, and more connected to what we are working for.

I do wonder if burn-out is so common today because most people are working for themselves. Now, how could that contribute? Well, the problem with working hard for yourselves is that the harvest you are seeking to reap is an easier life, a better life, a more pleasurable life.

But what if working hard doesn’t guarantee these things. I wonder if deep down that’s what’s going on for a bunch of people. You are working hard, but it all feels so futile, unsure and ultimately meaningless.

Those who work for God don’t need to have that worry. Because our labors are never in vain, nor is our reward ever uncertain. So then, with hope in our eyes, let us gain strength and continue to do good where we can because there is a season to come.

For Today:
  • Are you a hard worker? Why/why not?
  • Who could you do good for today? How?
  • How could you lift your eyes today and look forward to the season to come?

  • Praise the Father that He never burns-out.
  • Give thanks for Jesus Christ who endured the cross so that we might reap a reward.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others continue to do good works in hope.
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