WEAR OUT OR RUST OUT

Andy Hollifield 7-13-18

John 4:6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

I love this story of the Samaritan woman and this verse especially. It is one of several verses that show that even though Jesus is 100% God he was also 100% man. He got weary and hungry and thirsty and angry just like we do. That doesn’t excuse us by any means. Ephesians 4:26 tells us to “Be ye angry, and sin not:…” That is a lot easier said than done. Jesus was angry with the moneychangers in the temple when he ran them off. He was thirsty the morning he sat on the well because he asked the woman for a drink of water. He was hungry after fasting forty days and forty nights. In Mark 6:31 he tells his disciples to come apart and rest a while because they had been so busy they hadn’t had time to eat. He was definitely human and felt the effects of fatigue just like we do.

If you read much about the life and ministry of Jesus, you find out pretty quick that he apparently didn’t get a lot of rest. You read of him eating an occassional meal and sleeping in a ship but most every time you find him, he has a big crowd wanting to be healed. You will also notice that Jesus never turned anyone away that needed healing. Matthew 12:15 says that even when Jesus tried to remove himself, great crowds followed him. The very next thing it said is he healed them all.” When you consider that his ministry was only less than three and a half years, he healed a lot of people that we read about. To sum up Jesus’ life, John said in chapter 21 verse 25 “And there are many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Surely if Jesus got weary in his journeys, he knows that we will too. That is why the Holy Ghost moved on Paul to write to the Thessalonians and Galatians “Be not weary in well doing.” Paul even wrote to the Hebrews in chapter 12 verse 3, “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Verse 4 goes on to say “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” In most churches, if you have over 10 % of the members doing the work, you are very fortunate. It is good to have people in the church that are willing to take on everything that no one else will do. But to quote an old saying, “you can ride a good horse to death.”

As songwriter Elizabeth K. Mills said in her song published in 1837, “We’ll work till Jesus comes and we’ll be gathered home.” Jesus told us in John 4:35 “…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Sometimes it is easy to run ourselves to death doing and not taking time to rest ourselves. But there is another old saying that says “I would rather wear out for the Lord than rust out.” A lot of times, people realize what God has done for them and they can’t do enough for him. In Luke 14:23 The Lord said to the servants “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

We are supposed to go and invite people to come in to God’s house. Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 3:7 that the people ought to follow them because they weren’t disorderly but in verse 9 to be an example in our walk and in conversation and in our dealings with others. Sometimes it may seem like there is no catching up much less time for rest. Our rest will come when we make our final crossing. Meanwhile we have to ask ourselves if we would rather wear out for the Lord or rust out for the devil. If we’re not busy for the Lord, we are like a car; the longer it stays parked or pulled off of the road, the rustier and less functional it becomes. Are you wearing out or rusting out? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

 

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