“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Life can leave you exhausted and weary. You don’t need a bible verse to tell you that. However, the Word of God can certainly encourage you not to quit. Although it seems like our good works attribute to nothing and go unnoticed, this is not the case. In fact, God is pleased and honored with every good work, and you’ll be rewarded in kind when the time comes.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (ESV)
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”(KJV)
“And when we do what is good, let it not be tedious to us, for there shall be a time when we reap, and that will not be tedious to us.”(Aramaic Bible in plain English)
Life is not always an easy road. We can all reach points where we ask ourselves: “What’s the use?”
Sometimes we can feel like we aren’t making progress. We can feel like our efforts are in vain or unappreciated. We can feel like our words falling on deaf ears.
The King James translation says “if we faint not,” reminding us to not let ourselves collapse and cease our good works due to our weariness or exhaustion. In modern words: Hang in there. Don’t quit.
This is especially true of ministry and spreading the gospel. It may seem like there are too many people who don’t want to hear the word, but that does not mean that we should stop trying to spread the good news about Jesus Christ.
The Aramaic translation tells us that we should not let our good works “be tedious to us.” Indeed, there are many things in life that can feel monotonous or hardly worth the bother. It also tells us there will be “a time… That will not be tedious to us.” There’s going to be a time when we will feel great joy from our tedious efforts.
The Bible reminds us that our goodness will ultimately be rewarded. Even if we aren’t getting a response from our work, or seem to be not making progress – we must never forget that doing good is a good thing in and of itself.
Our good work does matter and an accounting of our works is being recorded and we will be rewarded in kind.
The wicked man earns an empty wage, but he who sows righteousness reaps a true reward.
But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
2 Thessalonians 3:13
But as for you, brothers, do not grow weary in well-doing.
2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer awaits the precious fruit of the soil–how patient he is for the fall and spring rains.