When Doing Good Makes You Weary

Leah DiPascal

Day: 7 | Plan: Christ Alone

Today’s Reading: Galatians 6

Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)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, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

In today’s reading, Paul shares his final thoughts with the believers in Galatia and mentions again the importance of fulfilling the law of love in Christ by caring for one another and carrying each other’s burdens.

We all know there are many things in this world that can burden us: financial pressures, rejection from loved ones, an unexpected crisis, ongoing health issues, global disunity, racial tensions and uncertainty about the future – just to name a few.

Jesus understands that we face these kinds of burdens every day and He gives us a go-to plan when our load becomes heavy, making us frazzled and weary. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Paul knew that when we follow Jesus’ instructions by trading our burdens for His rest and refreshment, it frees us up to help others who are also struggling and weighed down with their own burdens. Because Jesus is carrying the weight of our burdens, we now can help share the load of others.

Instead of being preoccupied with our problems, we can be attentive to someone else’s need and quickly respond by reaching out with help and support.

If we see a friend suffering from the entanglement of sin, we won’t look the other way, but instead help to gently restore them with love and compassion.

When our neighbor experiences an unexpected crisis, we can give generously and share what we have until their crisis is over.

Let’s make the most of every opportunity and look out for the interest of others. (Philippians 2:4) To do good on every occasion by sharing the love of Jesus in tangible ways and lessening the load of our brothers and sisters in Christ. (Hebrews 13:16) 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for carrying my burdens and offering me Your perfect rest. You chose to love me and unselfishly give to me in countless ways. Help me to love others the way that You do. Help me to generously lend a helping hand whenever I see a need or have the opportunity to serve. Not so that I can boast about my good works, but so that I can bless others and point them to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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