When it’s been a long, draining and exhausting week; when I have served my husband, my children, my friends, the neighborhood; when I’ve dealt with unforeseen’s and been harassed by the enemy all week; I so look forward to a rest – and suddenly – someone has a need, and dials my number, then the Holy Spirit whispers in my ear: Gal 6:9 Let us not grow weary in doing good.
Well then I want to collapse in a wailing heap and cry out, “But I AM weary!”
(And quite honestly, I want to take Gal 6:9 and punch it in the face.) – don’t tell anyone I said such a disgraceful thing!
So today God taught me something new, and while that is fantastic, it usually means I’ve been doing it wrong for a while, with that thought in mind, God lead me to look up that verse one more time, and here is the rest of it:Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
I will reap? Goody! I want to reap, if not here on earth, then definitely to store up for myself treasures in heaven!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
But honestly, I usually do. In spite of exhaustion, I will do whatever the right thing is to do, out of obligation sometimes, and a little mutter in my mind. But, God reminded me of 1 Cor 13:3 though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
He told me, that if I don’t do whatever I do out of love, I’m wasting my time. He also showed me, that when a rose is squeezed, its fragrance is released, and that is beautiful. In the same way, when we are hard pressed from all sides and we give genuine love in return, that goes against all reason, it stands out, it is beyond beautiful, and God gets all the glory – and we store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.
So, now I’m working on my heart, to do everything from a place of love. Besides, God is faithful, He won’t burn me out. We are usually capable of much more than we think, and the stretch does us such good. It makes us grow. I want to grow, I want eternal treasure.