• William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 14, 2021

Daily Reading: II Thessalonians 1-3

II Thessalonians 3:13

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

How many times can a person forgive? How many times can they hand out a gospel tract with no results? How often can they turn the other cheek? How often can they love those who are their enemies? How long can they pray when no answer seems to come? How do they continue to be the one always giving seemingly not to receive again? How much of the Bible can they read while seeing its precepts ignored daily with no visual repercussions of such?

The answer to all these questions, and probably a thousand just like them? A lifetime. Yep, all the days of one’s life in Christ. Ten, twenty, fifty, seventy-five years, as long as they live from the time they accept Christ’s Gospel until the day they cross over in death. That is how long they can do these and other Bible commands, but just because they can does not mean they will.

For some grow weary and cease. Like carrying a five-gallon bucket of water for miles and miles. Five gallons of water only weighs a little over 8 pounds. Almost anyone can pick up 8 pounds. But carry 8 pounds by a little thin handle of a bucket mile after mile after mile. That would make one weary. Their hand would hurt, so they switch hands, then their feet begin to hurt, their shoulder, their mind begins to run rampant about the weariness of the journey. After days and days, weeks after weeks, months after months and years after years an 8-pound bucket of water seems to weigh much more. The temptation would be to lessen the load. Perhaps pour a little water out.

This may be fine with water, pouring some out. But what about the Christian graces? Which one do we throw out? Forgiveness? Mercy? Patience? Prayer? Church? Peace? Which one? Pouring out the water would mean when you arrive at your destination you would not have all the water you could have had. Likewise, with doing well. Upon reaching your destination there would be something missing that you could have had.

So, Paul warns every believer; be not weary in well doing. Over there in Galatians 6:9 the Apostle adds a promise to this command: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Continue to carry your bucket of well doing, do not allow yourself to grow weary of that task, for in due season you shall reap the benefits. Guaranteed.

So, until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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