Galatians Chapters 4 through 6
This week’s reading is found in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Another way of saying this is “Never give up!” Many of us quit, half way through with what we have started and we have plenty of reasons why we should. Yet Paul is saying, “Hang in there, in due season we shall reap if we do not faint.” When things don’t happen as fast as we would like them to happen we can get weary and be tempted to give up. Yet many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. You are never a failure until you quit!
Quitting can become a dangerous habit. When I was younger I remember quitting the football team. Things were not working out the way I thought they should, so I quit. The next year I went out again and faced the same problems, things were not working out the way I thought they should. I was thinking of quitting and even though I was not saved, I am sure I heard the voice of God speak to me, “Dave, if you quit now it is going to become a habit that will destroy your life!” I heard that voice and decided to stay on the team. I decided that day, that quitting would not be a part of my life, no matter what challenges I faced.
Doing good can sometimes be difficult. People may not appreciate what we are doing. There may actually be times of opposition when we are trying to help people. We may find ourselves being criticized or ostracized for doing good. We may lack support from others while we are doing good. But we must never give up. Doing good will bear fruit. Doing good will always win out. Doing good is the right way to live. Remember this, “Being defeated is temporary, but giving up is permanent!”