St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Six Weeks In

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Galatians 6:9-10—Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…

Happy six week anniversary! Yeah, can you believe it? It’s been six weeks since the “safer-at-home” order. In some ways it doesn’t seem that long ago considering all the work it took to figure out a new way of ministering to all of you and our community. In another way, it seems like forever since life was normal.

Six weeks in, weariness may be setting in. Maybe it did a while ago. On Tuesday we addressed the weariness of heart which can lead us to question God’s love and plan for us personally, our community, our country, our world. Having our hearts set straight, strengthened by the hope only our LORD can give, today I want to offer you the encouragement of the Lord from another great gospel messenger—the Apostle Paul.

Like Isaiah of Old Testament times, the Apostle Paul of the first century A.D. was no stranger to adversity and the temptation to be overwhelmed with weariness. As weariness and frustration settle in our hearts, the temptation to give in to weariness festers. And if you are one of the many whose income has been slashed or are in danger of loosing your income, the danger of this temptation is even greater!

Weariness can often lead to very ugly selfishness. It can very easily turn into a woe-is-me and this-is-mine-you-can’t-have-it attitude. Imagine how weary of us God would be if he were one of us??? Do you think he’d really want to share his love—his grace—his Son—his heaven with the likes of us??? Not likely! And yet, what has he done for us? We who so often should be nothing more than a wearisome bother to him? His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23)! His love is yours every day (Ps. 66:20)! His grace is sufficient for you (2 Cor. 12:9)! He has given you his Son, his only Son(Jn. 3:16)! And heaven is yours forever (Ps. 23:6)!

In God you have the cure for your weariness. And, considering all he has done, is doing, and will do for you, may you also
not become weary in doing good. Explore all the ways you can show love and concern for your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your leaders, etc. Do it out of love for them and love for God because you know it is not wasted effort. It is not wasted effort because all you do for others, you also do for your Savior (Mt. 25:40).

It is also not wasted because your God has promised you that
at the proper time [you] will reap a harvest if [you] do not give up. God is pointing your heart toward heaven, where all this mess and weariness will be over! Keeping that in mind, as you have opportunity, let your heart be free of weariness and do good to all people so that you might be God’s instrument to help relieve them of their weariness of both body and soul.