Do Not Grow Weary

Text: Galatians 6:9

Paul told the Galatians that they were not to lose heart in doing good. Yet often this happens. We become “exhausted” as we go through life. As Christians, we need to deal with this feeling appropriately and not allow ourselves to “lose heart.”

About Feeling Weary

  • This feeling is normal – any time we are working or facing difficulties, it takes a toll on us; the life of a Christian involves working for the Lord (Matthew 28:20) and suffering for it (Luke 9:23; 2 Timothy 3:12)
  • This feeling will hopefully be temporary – we are told to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4); we have the hope of heaven (Revelation 21:4); this should motivate us (Philippians 3:14)
  • When feeling this way, do not allow yourself to “lose heart” (Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 12:3)

Wrong Ways to Become Weary

  • Becoming weary by doing evil (Jeremiah 9:5) – we are not to be “slaves of sin” (Romans 6:16-17)
  • Becoming weary to gain wealth (Proverbs 23:4-5) – this is not condemning work, but the goal of simply acquiring more and more wealth
  • Becoming weary in the futile pursuit of knowledge (Ecclesiastes 12:12) – studying is necessary (2 Timothy 2:15), but not all studying is important; some study simply for the purpose of gaining knowledge that is ultimately useless

Right Ways to Become Weary

  • Keep in mind what we are talking about – becoming tired as we do what is right, but becoming tired of doing what is right
  • Serving the Lord (Hebrews 12:3) – example of Jesus in doing the Father’s will despite having to suffer (1 Peter 2:21-22; Philippians 2:5-8); we must “work out [our] salvation” (Philippians 2:12) and do everything in the name of the Lord (Colossians 3:17)
  • Doing good to others (Galatians 6:9) – provide for one’s physical needs (Galatians 6:10; cf. James 2:15-17); provide for one’s spiritual needs (Galatians 6:1-2; cf. Hebrews 3:12-13)
  • Working (2 Thessalonians 3:11-13) – if we work as Paul described, we will be tired (2 Thessalonians 2:8); we have a responsibility to provide for ourselves and our families (2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:8); we are to “do [our] work heartily, as for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23)

How to Keep from Growing Weary

  • Keep your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2-3) – again, He is our example; He suffered more than we will, was familiar with heaven, and knew that it was worth it to endure
  • Get encouragement from others (Galatians 6:2) – we are to help one another; even the encouragers need support (1 Corinthians 16:17-18)
  • Focus on your own work (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12) – to “work in quiet fashion” means we do our own work without meddling in the affairs of others (Thayer); physical exhaustion helps us sleep while mental burdens make sleep difficult (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

Conclusion

  • Many things can cause us to become weary, even good things – but we must not get to the point where we lose heart
  • In due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9) – let us continue to do what God has told us to do and encourage others to do the same

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