Don’t Grow Weary!
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” Mt. 11:28-30
One of the very last things I heard from the mouth of my beloved long-time pastor and father in Christ before he tragically shut his eyes for the last time and went on to be with the Lord was the first verse above. A powerful reminder for us all who follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and for those who are totally sold out to serving Him according to the leading of His Spirit who lives inside His followers, isn’t it? To not grow weary!
How moving, and inspiring, to me that those words were spoken from my beloved pastor. For 14 years, he traveled back and forth between Haiti and inner city Savannah about every month ministering oftentimes to “the least of these.” He labored relentlessly for the souls of people. He didn’t just dress up on Sundays and stand behind a pulpit. He went out into the streets and served. Whether indoors or outdoors, he preached his heart out. He refused a salary raise for all those years. His congregation would have to buy him a new suit when it was time. He didn’t concern himself with buying new suits and making the church building beautiful. He lived and breathed to preach Christ to the world and to help people physically, emotionally, and spiritually to have their needs met.
Did he grow tired? Oh, yes! In the last year or so of his life, the fatigue was visible. But it never stopped him from serving, serving, serving. And, more than anything, loving, loving, and loving. His congregation forced him on a cruise one year because they knew any other vacation would never work. He spent his normal vacations hurrying over to the church office to work. On the cruise? More than likely, he probably found some people to whom he ministered.
How do we not grow weary when we follow Jesus? And when we are totally sold out to serving Him as my pastor was, and as I now am? For those of us who have devoted ourselves 24-7 to loving and serving the Lord, forsaking all else to be of service to God and others, don’t we grow weary? Oh, yes!
So what do we do? Take physical rest? Yes, we certainly need it! But that’s not all. We need to learn day by day to TRUST IN JESUS and to REST IN JESUS. To TAKE TIME WITH JESUS, to LOVE JESUS, to BE LOVED BY JESUS, to COMMUNE WITH JESUS, to CAST OUR CARES ON JESUS, to GIVE OUR WORRIES TO JESUS, and to be REFRESHED, RENEWED, RESTORED, and REVIVED and REPLENISHED BY JESUS.
I confess I’m like my beloved pastor was. I don’t slow down well. But I am learning as I go along. That we must not grow weary. And that we must not quit. And that when we find ourselves worn out, the very best place to go isn’t under the covers for a nap. Though naps can be a wonderful place for refreshing as the Lord leads us to take them. The very best place to go when we find ourselves growing weary is to THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. To find REST IN THE LORD. That we might carry on following Him forth!