The Weariness Cure
Frustrated and defeated I spoke to an older man in my church. I considered him wise. After listening to my litany of complaints about these messy people, he looked at me and said, “I guess if they were perfect they wouldn’t need a pastor!”
It was not what I wanted to hear. It was not the wisdom I was looking for. But he was correct.
Division and conflict are as old as humanity. Birthed in a garden thousands of years ago they have only gotten worse. 2020 has been a banner year for rage.
Conflict is exhausting. It causes weariness.
The Apostle Paul knew conflict. The early churches he mentored were full of brokenness. Some churches in an area called Galatia were divided over the law. Paul had to remind them that they were part of something bigger than their agenda when they chose the Jesus way:
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:26-28
These can be exhausting times in which we live. There is brokenness in our society. Yet, they are times of hope. Why? Because brokenness provides an opportunity for the church to be agents of optimism and healing. How? Paul provides a clue as he closes out his message to Galatian:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:9-10
“Do not give up.”
Each day seek the guidance of the Counselor. Forge ahead. Ask God, “What shall I do?” Be willing to wait upon Him for an answer. Then act.
“Do good to all people.”
Start with your brothers and sisters in Jesus – but be intentional in expanding beyond the borders of the church. Look for creative ways to love those who post badly about you, or your “side”. That is the Jesus way.
The world is broken. But if it was perfect it wouldn’t need a Savior. Can we show people that Savior as we do good?
I really like this and really appreciate the message. I think we are all a little weary right now.
thank you! this has confirmed a thought that has been in my mind for a few day for some creative good doing!
☺️ Reposting, to the fam.