Friday, 28 January 2011

Disappointed? Rejected? Don't Grow Weary

"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint."

Galatians 6:9 (Amplified Bible)

One of the hardest things we go through as a Christian is the feeling that sometimes our hard work has been in vain, especially when that hard work has involved pouring our life into someone else. From time to time you will have people who come into your life with real needs and issues. You spend time with them, pray for them, encourage them, counsel them, and maybe even give financial aid when it is needed. And then one day, in spite of everything you have done they simply walk away from you on some flimsy pretext without as much as a thank you.

If you have been a Christian for any length of time then I'm sure you have had this experience, and if you have been in church leadership for more than a year or two, you will undoubtedly have gone through it at least once, probably many times. After a couple of these experiences, our emotional response can often be "what is the point?” or “why bother?" We can become embittered against the people who have acted so ungratefully towards us, and take the apparent rejection very personally. If this has been your experience then let me tell you a few things to help you keep going, keep loving and keep giving.

First, we must always look to Jesus as our example. He came and poured His life out into people, healing them, forgiving them and feeding them both physically and spiritually. Yet at the end of his earthly life most of those people had walked away and left him, and many of his own disciples had badly let him down. He knew what was going to happen long before it actually did, and He knew the weakness and lack in those that He loved. (Matthew 26:34)

The second thing we need to know is that same love that Jesus has is now in us and enables us to love and forgive those who have mistreated us and rejected us, and yet still be available for the next person who comes along. It is His Spirit that softens our own heart towards those who come to us needing help. Christ now lives in and through you and me.

Finally, we need to understand that we will reap a harvest, but it is a spiritual harvest from spiritual seed. God's promises never fail and it is HE ALONE who we serve and who sees our hearts and our actions. God's word to us is that we shouldn't grow weary and give up doing the right things, and with His help and this knowledge we won't.

God bless you.

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