Daily Devotion, 07/21/2018, “The Down Side of Doing Good”
2 Thessalonians 3:13NLT “As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.”
We put a good bit of energy at CrossRoads into helping our people “Discover Purpose” and “Make a Difference.” We do this through a simple, four step journey called the Growth Track. In just four hours spread over four weeks, those who call CrossRoads home discover the unique way God shaped them as well as the specific purpose he shaped them to fulfill. The hope is that each one will discover and then do what it is God created them for.
Matthew 9:36-38 says, When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” When someone steps up to do the Kingdom work God created them to do, they become part of the answer to this prayer for “more workers” for “the harvest” of those who are “confused and helpless.” God is passionate about reaching those who are far from Him. In fact, it is His highest priority. He exhorts you and every single person who calls themselves a Christ-follower to be intentional about discovering what their part of the harvest work is and then doing it.
The words “harvest” and “work” give us a clue about something. Ministry is hard work! Yes it is fulfilling and yes it has eternal rewards but it can be exhausting at times. Even when you’re in your sweet spot doing what know you’re called to do, doing good can wear you down. Paul wrote in Galatians 6:9, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Pace yourself in your calling. Take breaks and stay fresh. Prioritize your time and stop doing some things so you can do the one thing God made you to do. And when you get tired of doing good, remember why you committed to do it in the first place. You are loved!