“Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the right time we will reap the harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6: v9
This is a scripture of motivation to the Christian people of Galatia to persevere in the ministry of God. Paul previously in this chapter speaks about “carrying another person’s burdens” (v2). For some reading that line already makes one feel weary, because there are so many of them.
When you thinking about climate and environmental injustices and all other injustices caused to society because of climate change, and what it will take to bring about a balance can already make one tired. However Paul exhorts the believers to persevere because in due time the rewards will come.
Many times we can start a work with much enthusiasm but after sometime the enthusiasm fades and we are set with effort and struggle. An example of this would be planting a tree/beach clean-ups/protest action, in the beginning it is all exciting and we are pumped, but months later the watering of the tree starts to become less/the beach clean-ups become less regular/the protesting loses momentum.
Jesus was not adverse to this side of humanity. We are beings that get weary and Jesus understood that. “Though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. Be careful then not to fall into temptation.” We are all eager to do what is right in God’s eyes as Christians but at certain times the flesh takes over and we slowly shift into the procrastination phase. But Jesus brings relief in that whoever is feeling that their burden is heavy, he will replace with a light yoke (Matthew 11:28-29). But we need to come to him and receive this strength. We need to trust in his ability to help us through the work load. But if we persevere we will one day reap the benefits, the tree will grow and bear fruit and shade/the beaches will be cleaned and oceans will be healthy again/actions will be passed by high ranking officials.
Like Isaiah 40:31 says “those who trust in the Lord will have their strength renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles.” This idea is that when we trust in God and in Jesus, He will lead us to finish the tasks that has been set before us, so that “we will not become weary of doing good.” So if we persevere one day we will reap the benefits. The trees will grow, bear fruit and provide shade. The beaches will be cleaned and oceans will be healthy again, and environmental actions will be passed by high ranking officials to see policies changed.
Actions: Think of “Good” actions that you could perform for the community, and then to pray to God to help you persevere through the tasks so that you may not lose heart.