(Revelation 14: 12-13, NLT) 12 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”
My family and I have had a rough week. It’s just been very stressful, in many ways, and to be perfectly frank…we have been under attack, spiritually speaking. How many of you know that spiritual attacks most definitely manifest in the flesh? These attacks can affect our relationships, our finances, our jobs, and even our health. It’s crazy how that happens! But thank the Lord we have wisdom and truth in His word and by His Holy Spirit to help us realize what’s really going on!
Being a part of a full-time ministry family, our every waking hour can feel as if we are just absolutely consumed with church stuff. Fundraisers, events, lessons, music, counseling, outreach, etc. It’s a busy life for sure…and we do work very hard…because we love it…and because that’s who we are and what God has drawn us to do with our lives. It comes from a pure, devoted, and loving place in our hearts. It really and truly does. But…sometimes we get tired, and truthfully…a little discouraged. This week has been sort of like that…and we’ve been drained. You see, we have given our lives, our dreams, our plans, our everything over to God…full, complete surrender…and while it is fulfilling and rewarding in its own way, it is also sometimes wearisome.
However, all throughout this week, I keep going back to this passage from Galatians 6 (verse 9) which says, 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.
Truly, now is not the time to grow weary. The world needs us more than ever. People need our love, our compassion, and the truth of God’s word to sustain them through all of the chaos that surrounds us all. The world is shrouded in a lot of darkness right now, and we have to be the light. We simply must. And we cannot pierce through this lingering cloud of suffering and turmoil if we are dim and weary.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to tucker out before my time is up on this earth. I want my good deeds, the things that I’ve done because of my love for Christ and others, to follow me to the end…so that I am able to look in the face of Jesus and be proud of who I was and what I did with my time.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I grow tired, help me to recall the reasons why I do the things that I do. Give me strength for the days that are heavy and grim, and give me peace for the times when I feel confused and lost. I want to love and serve You all of my days, so that when I come to my end and I must face You, I can be confident that my days were time well spent. May it all be for Your glory and honor. Amen.