A GOOD KIND OF TIRED                                                                                                                Andy Hollifield 11-21-18

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

The word “reap” means to get a return, recompense, or result. Regardless of what we do, that is our ultimate purpose for doing it: to get a particular result. Have you ever been so tired you were just almost numb? That would explain the last week of my life. I am not complaining because in all my years of trucking I have never enjoyed being tired. There is somehow a big difference when you are working for the Lord and not for personal gain.

This past Saturday was our H.O.P.E. Ministries shoebox gift assembly. It was a long day that actually started days earlier. It started in October but crunch time started about five days before by compiling lists, making tags, buying candy, doing shopping, getting info from clients, and getting everything set up to assemble on Saturday. Although the crowd was smaller than usual, the seventeen people who came were there because they wanted to earnestly do something for the Lord. With nothing to gain but a good feeling knowing you were helping someone who needed it, and a reward in heaven, these dedicated folks worked until late Saturday afternoon assembling and wrapping 481 shoeboxes.

My point is this; there is usually a lot more that goes on with anything than meets the eye. Whether it is music, cooking, mechanicing, farming, or whatever it is, the end result didn’t just happen. There was some labor when no one was looking and maybe you didn’t even feel like doing it. It was done at inconvenient times when often there were things that you would rather be doing. Why then would anyone put themselves through all of that? Because after the labor comes reaping of the benefits of the labor.  Galatians 6:7 says “…Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” In 2 Corinthians the bible says if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. Also if you sow bountifully that is how you will reap.

I said all of that to say this; Jesus probably wasn’t feeling too skippy that day as he walked up Calvary to die for our sins. His death didn’t just happen to occur on that day, there was a lot of work went into that. Not only had he been arrested, mocked, and beaten beyond recognition, he had volunteered for it. In Revelation 5 a search was made for a worthy sacrifice and none could be found. Not willing to let humanity perish in their sin, Jesus volunteered and took the book from the strong angel and opened the seals thereof. The folks in Jerusalem that day didn’t see all the work that went into that sacrifice. They didn’t see the years of prophecy coming to pass or the lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. They only seen the gift being given to them and didn’t even appreciate it. I am sure as Jesus hung on that cross, refusing to come down, and cried out “It is finished” he likely gave up the ghost while being wore out with a good kind of tired. The kind of tired that comes from knowing that all of your labor was not in vain and it did and would, produce results.

Our labor may not be easy, convenient, or even seemingly worthwhile, but rest assured it will produce a harvest to be reaped. There is nothing quite as good as knowing you have completed your task and done it “heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Now that; is a good kind of tired. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


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