Bible study

BE NOT WEARY     TEXT: Galatians 6:9

After exhorting the believers in Galatia and warning them of the things they should avoid in 5:1-6:8 …

(Paul may have known they would be feeling a little overwhelmed with the responsibilities of the Christian life)

… He now encourages them with the words of our text

Paul, perhaps better than anyone else, knew how wearying the spiritual battle can be

He ends his warnings about sin, the works of the flesh, and the deceitfulness of the world by encouraging the Galatians, and all believers, (For that matter)

… To remember the joyful harvest we will reap if we persevere in doing good

Because the ministry involves Spiritual Warfare,

…we all get Burdened

However, Well Doing is easier in itself than ill Doing

The Danger of Growing Weary in Well Doing arises only from our own human nature opposing us …

Or the outward hindrances we may meet with, from a gainsaying and persecuting world

(gainsaying – to oppose or contradict somebody)

Growing weary in doing good is an ever-present danger in the Christian life

But there are things we can do to minimize weariness

And think on this though …“BE NOT WEARY”

Let’s read verse nine together …

v. 9 – “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”

First, we see that …

I. THE “BIBLICAL CHALLENGE”

… Is to, Not Grow Weary

Paul uses the same thought in II Thessalonians 3:13 …“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing”

Satan does not want us involved in well doing

So he will do all he can to try and discourage you

Romans 2:6, 7 – “Who (God) will render to every man according to his deeds:” “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:”

Quote: Someone once wrote – “Many Christians are like children; they would sow and reap the same day”

It is easy to become tired of sowing and be anxious for the harvest

Humor: A Father came late to his son’s Little League Ball game. When asked what the score was, the son replied “18 – 0” “O my” replied the Father, “but you don’t look to discouraged” “Why should I” replied the son, “we haven’t come to bat yet”

Now that’s optimism

First, let me say that …

A. Weariness ‘Develops’ over Time

The phrase “grow weary” speaks of exhaustion and losing heart

God is exhorting us not to let our lives get to the point of spiritual exhaustion

We are in danger of becoming exhausted when we are not keeping our walk with the Lord fresh each day in the Word and in Prayer

Galatians 5:16 – “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”

Walking in the Spirit brings Life

Not just physical Life, but Joy in the Lord, people being saved because of you testimony, etc.

Living according to the Flesh brings death

Death to Joy, Health, Excitement, people not getting saved, etc.

We must maintain our walk with the Lord

Mark 1:35 – “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed”

Jesus was as busy as anyone, yet He saw the importance of a balanced Life of Service and Devotion

We must Guard our Devotional Life!

I Peter 3:17 – “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing”

B. Weariness ‘Depletes’ the Soul

The Soul houses the Intellect, the Emotions, and the Will

This phrase again is a exhortation not to get to the point of exhaustion or losing heart

Exhaustion and losing Heart go together because the Souls is affected by physical exhaustion

Yet the Inner Man can be strengthened daily even when the body is tired

II Corinthians 4:16 – “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, (is dying) yet the inward man is renewed day by day”

1. We Must ‘Consider Christ’

Hebrews 12:1-3 …looking to Jesus the author and finisher

2. We Must ‘Continue On’

We must be determined to be patience in the Lord

We live in a hurried society

For example if an internet page takes more than 8 seconds to load,  that a site will lose about a third of their visitors

I Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”

THE “BIBLICAL CHALLENGE” is to Not Grow Weary

Next there is …

II. THE “BASIC REMINDER”    … Ye Shall Reap

James 5:7, 8 – “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain” “Be ye

also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”

First, …

A. We Reap ‘Growth’

James 1:3, 4 – “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”

Most so-called Christians spend 6 days a week sowing wild oats, only to come to church on Sunday and pray for crop failure Next,

B. We Reap ‘Rewards’

II Timothy 4:7, 8 – “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing”

Then, thirdly …

C. We Reap ‘Souls’

Proverbs 11:30 – “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise”

Some of the greatest missionaries of history devotedly spread the Gospel and yet had to wait long periods of time before seeing fruit of their labors

Two such men where William Carey in India and Adoniram Judson in Burma

Both men waited 7 years before they saw their first converts

THE “BIBLICAL CHALLENGE” is to Not Grow Weary

THE “BASIC REMINDER” is Ye shall Reap

Lastly, there is …

III. THE “BINDING CONDITION” … If We Faint Not

A. We Must Not ‘Faint in the End’

The word “faint” means to let up in the end

II Corinthians 4:1 – “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;”

Gideon was faint, yet he pursued when fighting the Midianites

Judges 8:4 – “And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them”

B. We Must Not ‘Forget the Eternal’

Again, II Corinthians 4:15-18 …read

1. Souls are Eternal

Mark 8:36, 37 – “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” “Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

2. Stewardship is Eternal

Matthew 6:19-21 …lay not your treasures on earth, but lay them in heaven

Quote: Andrew Murry wrote – The world asks, “What does a man own?” Christ asks – “How does he use it?”

3. Scripture is Eternal

I Peter 1:23-25 …word of God endures forever

C. We Must Have ‘Faith for the Future’

II Corinthians 5:7 – “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

Quote: J.G. Holland wrote – “Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss, and quenches the fire of every pain”

Quote: George Mueller wrote – “The beginning of anxiety is the end of Faith, and the beginning of Faith is the end of anxiety”

Quote: I say – “Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, and Faith looks up”

CONCLUSION

We all have experienced physical weariness at some point in our life

However, the Bible commands us to not become weary in the work of the Lord

If we have our hope in Christ and daily refresh our faith through Him

We will gain the strength necessary to continue serving God and others

Isaiah 40:30, 31 – “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:” “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”

THE “BIBLICAL CHALLENGE” is – to Not Grow Weary

THE “BASIC REMINDER” is – Ye shall Reap

THE “BINDING CONDITION” is – If we Faint Not

Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”