Don’t Give Up! Do What’s Right

Galatians 6:9 (NIV): Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV): And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.

Have you ever been tempted to just give up? You try to do what’s right and it just seems that life gets more difficult. You may have said to yourself, “Why should I continue to struggle with doing what’s right when it doesn’t seem that my life gets any easier or more fulfilling?” I imagine that most every person on this planet will have asked themselves that same question during the course of their lives. We attempt and struggle with doing things the right way and we are disappointed when our efforts are not rewarded.

Remember the parable from Luke of the persistent widow? Jesus was teaching his disciples and he told them a parable that explained to them the importance of persistent prayer. Luke 18:1: Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. This is a verse of scripture that I refer to over and over again to remind myself of  the importance of persistent prayer and to never give up. My belief and faith in God and His will for my life, is the driving force behind my refusal to give up. I know that God has a purpose for my life and I want you to know that God has a purpose for your life as well.

The Apostle Paul endured many hardships and trials during his ministry but he conducted himself in the right way, so that others would come to know Christ through Paul’s example and teachings. Paul could have easily become weary in doing good but he knew that a greater reward lie ahead if he would not surrender to the many temptations of this world. That is what Paul is saying to the believers in Galatia and Thessalonica, “Let us not become weary in doing good, never tire of doing what is right.” “For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

What is the “proper time?” The proper time is when God decides that we will receive our just reward for living out our life of faith in the right way. Paul describes that appointed time as ultimately being when we are given our inheritance in the “kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:21). Every decision that we make in this life will have an impact on our future inheritance in God’s kingdom. The way that we conduct ourselves will reflect who we are as believers and followers of Christ. And it can also draw others to come to know Christ through the way that we live out our life of faith.

I remember watching a TV news interview years ago, where an elderly lady was talking about the many trials and temptations that her grandchildren were faced with. Her advice to them was simply to never get tired of doing what’s right. When asked how they were to know what the “right” thing was, she simply replied, “Read the Bible, God has put it all in there.” What good and timely advice, if we would only read our Bible and then put into practice what God has commanded us to do. We would then have what we need to help us when we are tempted and when we become weary. May God help you to not become tired or weary in doing good.

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