There is a lot of talk in the media about how tired Americans are. It seems we simply are not getting enough sleep. Sometimes we may be so tired and weary that we just want to give up.
For NT Christians this is a constant challenge. Daily we face the trials of life and struggle with keeping ourselves unspotted from the world. There are many, many challenges to be faced in living the Christian life.
In Gal. 6:9 Paul writes, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
1. “Weary” – This word is easily understood when we read Jn. 4:6 which states, “Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour (emphasis added). Jesus was tired from physical travel. We may experience the same emotion from our spiritual walk. However Paul admonishes us to continue on in “well doing”.
2. “Well doing” – This is doing the will of God. If we are doing His will then we are involved in “well doing”.
3. “Due season” – If we continue doing the good deeds and works God wants us to do we receive a reward in due time. The promised reward is life everlasting (Gal. 6:8).
4. Faint – “…is to grow weary in the soul; to cease to do one’s God-given duty” (Bob Winton).
Bob Winton, in his Outlined Commentary on Galatians, makes the following comments on this verse:
“The work God has given the church to accomplish falls under three headings: evangelism, edification, and helping the needy (Eph. 4:12). Collectively as a congregation, we fulfill these requirements. As individuals, we do whatever our abilities and opportunities permit us to do in fulfilling these duties. There are many things that we can do privately of which the congregation may not be aware. Paul’s instruction in this verse has application to both the congregation and individual…The apostle promises that if we do not grow weary in performing the good deeds, there will be a reward to be gained in due time. Plainly implied by his statement is the fact that the reward will not be obtained if we grow weary in these duties. The blessing promised is that of the preceding verse: life everlasting”.
“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 (1 Cor. 15:58).