The word “weary” means to be spiritless, exhausted, lose heart, or despair. The idea is not tiredness but that as servants of Christ we can lose our motivation to do “good.” Discouragement causes some to give up or give out. Thus, weariness in doing good isn’t the same as physical tiredness. It’s the tendency to become discouraged while fulfilling a God ordained duty or doing a good work in service for our Lord. Monotony sets in because the results are few. Then we begin to wonder, what’s the use? We’re ready to quit and throw in the towel. It can happen when we grow weary, thinking that non-visible results mean no results at all.
If that’s your situation please consider the following true story. A chaplain who was ministering to a seriously wounded soldier was requested by the dying man to write a letter to his former Sunday school teacher. “Tell her I died a Christian because of what she taught me in that class in church. The memory of her earnest pleas and the warmth of her love as she asked us to accept Jesus has stayed with me. Tell her I’ll meet her in Heaven.” The message was sent, and some time later the chaplain received this reply: “May God forgive me. Just last month I resigned my position and abandoned my Sunday school pupils because I felt my work had been fruitless. How I regret my impatience and lack of faith! I shall ask my pastor to let me go back to teaching. I have learned that when one sows for God, the reaping is both sure and blessed!”
If this is a picture of you, take heart my beloved because the apostle Paul said that good works always produce a harvest if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9). As believers we can become numb to God’s words of love, and blind to His wonderful works He has shown us. Many times we have a tendency to forget the not so spectacular blessings we receive daily from Him. Many times the battle we face doesn’t come directly from our enemy, or from an outside source, but from the enemy within, our old nature. Our daily routines can often become so monotonous. We work hard, but we can almost expect that tomorrow will be a replica of today.
It’s when we expect tomorrow to be a replica of today, that we can become weary, and begin to consider our work for God a chore, rather than a pleasure. This attitude of weariness will ultimately affect our relationship with God, as well as with other believers. Our love can begin to grow cold, and we run the risk of wandering away from His truth and quit altogether.
In Leslie B. Flynn’s leaflet “Keep on Keeping On” he tells of a man who handed out gospel tracts on a busy street corner. Year after year of not seeing anyone trust Jesus Christ as Savior, he quit. Two years later he happened to pass the same familiar corner and saw a person handing out tracts, just as he did those many years. He walked over to the stranger and struck up a conversation. He learned that a little more than 2 years earlier the man had become a believer in Christ after reading a tract he had received at the very same corner. “Many a time I’ve come back here to find the man to thank him,” said the stranger, “but he never came back. So I decided he must have died and gone to his reward. That’s why I’ve taken his place!” 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Be steadfast … in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain”.
If you have trusted Christ as your Savior, God will give you, by His Spirit, the power to persevere. When you find yourself growing weary, you can trust in His faithfulness and rest in His love. If you will hold on to His strength, you will reap in His perfect time the rewards of your hard labor. Most of us are ordinary believers in Christ who live routine lives. Yet, our extraordinary God wants all of us to be everyday disciples who are faithful to Him. Don’t even think about quitting like the Sunday school teacher or the man giving out tracks; but be steadfast in your service to the Lord who gave His life for you. My brethren, if you do this one day you will be rewarded by these words from Christ Himself, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.
When you’re weary in life’s struggles, find strength in the Lord.