WEARY BUT WORTH IT Andy Hollifield 2-26-19
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (KJV)
Weary–physically or mentally exhausted by exertion, strain, hard work, etc; fatigued; tired, Impatient or dissatisfied with something.
You may wonder why I would bother to write the definition of weary. I just think it is good to look up words we know to see if we know all of the meanings. I heard a man from Uganda preach on Jacob and his use of the word “dreadful” in Genesis 28:17. His Ugandan translation said “awesome” instead of dreadful. One of the synonyms for dreadful is “terrible.” One of the synonyms for “terrible” is awesome or awe-inspiring. Read verse 17 again and use the word “awesome.” Think about it for a minute. If Jacob had of thought it was “terrible” from our perspective, why would he have set up a stone and poured oil on it and declared it “shall be God’s house.” All of that makes a lot more sense when you use the right definition of dreadful. “How awesome is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” That sheds a whole different light on it doesn’t it? That’s why I like to look at definitions.
The word weary is used 42 in the scriptures. The word “wearied” is used 14 times. The two times it is used in the New Testament are in John 4:6 where Jesus was wearied and sat on Jacob’s well in Samaria. The other is in Hebrews 12:3 where Paul cautions us about being “wearied and faint in our minds.” In Samaria, a great number of people believed on Jesus. Had he not been “wearied with his journey” and “sat thus on the well,” think of all of those people who may not have heard the gospel and got right with God. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking God can’t use you if you’re weary. God may be using that to put you in someone’s path just like Jesus was for the Samaritan woman at the well. In Hebrews 12:3 Paul tells us that when we start getting a little faint and wearied in our minds and looking for a quitting place; to consider what Jesus went through for us.
Do you think seeing all of those people coming to accept him and know his father was worth being wearied to Jesus? I guarantee you it was because he said he “is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Also, when you stop to consider all that Jesus went through for us; it is a lot harder to get wearied and faint isn’t it. Let me mention some personal examples right quick. I dearly love trucking for the Lord regardless of where I am going. I found out when I was running relief trips after Hurricane Katrina, I can withstand a lot more fatigue when I am working for the Lord than what I ever could just working for money. Monday was one of those days. It started at around 7:00 AM Monday and ended around 1:00 AM Tuesday with around 400 miles in between. I finished writing this and got it posted around 1:00 AM. Tuesday will start again around 7:00 AM and maybe won’t be quite as hectic. I am not complaining, I am just trying to make a point. I was blessed to be able to drive those miles because there was a time that it didn’t look like I would ever be able to again. But besides me being blessed do you know what makes it worth it? It will be when I get the report back of how many people came to the Lord because when they needed stuff, someone was able to provide it to them and tell them of God’s love. Just like the report I got on Monday of how many had been saved in the last week during the distributions that were done. Like I tell my board members sometimes; “That’s what pays the bills.”
I don’t say any of that in a bragging way because I wasn’t there when any of those folks came to the Lord. If I can roll stuff up and down the road and the Lord use my efforts to help someone else lead people to Jesus, I believe I can roll a little more for results like that. When you start to get weary working for the Lord, stop and consider how it is paying off. I believe you will find just as I did years ago after Katrina; I may get weary but it’s worth it! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!