And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
We live in a culture that does not like the idea of working hard for anything. nor waiting patiently for the fruit of their labors. That is why we see a lot of schemes out there that claim to be short cuts to getting wealthy with little or no waiting and with minimal effort. For a while, these short cuts seem to work; but like a house of cards, they prove worthless when a snag comes their way.
Even faith followers in Jesus Christ fall victim to wanting things done quickly with little or no effort. They want to use the Almighty as a means of getting what they want as fast as possible. They would pray to God, asking Him to just let the thing that they desire to just fall into their laps. Their justification is if God is good, He would give it to them and there is not a need for them to work for it.
However, this is not the way the Lord operates, nor is this line of thinking aligned with the Bible. It is true that God provides for our essential needs, but that does not mean that we just sit back and do nothing. Our Lord is always at work and since we are made in His image, we too must also work.
What is the purpose of work? We must remember that working is not a consequence of sin. When God made Adam, he gave him the job of tending the Garden of Eden. Adam did not view this as something terrible, but saw it as an opportunity to take part in the Lord’s mission, which is to make life fruitful and productive. Work is not evil for it is made from God and He has called us to work.
What is the work that the Lord wants us to do? Galatians 6:9 gives us a clue. We must never stop working for what is good in the eyes of the Lord. Examples of this include, but are not limited to: taking care of the needy, sharing the Gospel with somebody, spending time in the Holy Scriptures, having one on one time with God in prayer, and steering clear of things that are sinful. When we do these things, we show to God and to the world that we love Him with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
Such tasks however are hard to do and require a great deal of discipline. It is because of this many believers try to avoid such activities, believing that all that all they need to do is just believe in God and go to Church every Sunday. Little do these people realize, the abundant harvest that they are going to miss out on.
Just as a hard working farmer, who sows the seed and tends the field, rejoices when the harvest finally comes, so also will the servants of the Lord be glad when the fruits of their labor is finally realized. This final harvest will come when we come before the Lord and He will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Then we will enter His Kingdom with thunderous applause from all of God’s angels and His saints. We will receive great honor from the Lord as a reward for our perseverance in the work which He gave us.
In order to get this honor however, we must not give up in doing the good and faithful work of the King of Kings. We might be tempted to stop in our labors because we do not see the results right away. Therefore, I urge you my brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray that God will give you strength so that you will not grow weary in the work; for the harvest is coming soon.