October 13, 2010
Let Us Not Lose Heart
Galatians 6:9, 10 (AMP), “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers].” If you have ever attended or watched any sporting event, I am sure that you have noticed the excitement and zeal that is displayed at the beginning of the event. If it is a game, the teams are excited and can’t wait to get started. Their energy carries over into the crowd and excitement fills the entire place. It seems everybody gets caught up in the excitement of playing the game.
I have noticed from both playing in and watching games that the beginning excitement and zeal only lasts for a short time. When I played football the emotion only lasted until that first hit, after that you had to draw from more than just the adrenalin of the start of a new game. To win the game you had to draw from an inner strength and determination that would carry you through to the end. The players and teams that learned how to dig deep and stir themselves to make the plays were the ones who won the games.
I believe the Apostle Paul must have enjoyed sports because much of his teaching is also good coaching. We can see this in this verse in Galatians. Paul is admonishing us to get beyond the zeal and excitement of the beginning and draw from an inner strength from our relationship with the Lord. Every athlete and every team will have moments when things aren’t going their way. This is true in the Believer’s life and the ministry of the Church.
It is during these times of pressure we must not lose heart, become fatigued, and stop acting nobly and doing right. These are the times we dig deep and stir ourselves to stay true to God’s calling and continue to do what is right. It is this decision and dedication that gets us to our appointed season of reaping our victory.
I don’t know what all tomorrow holds but I do know who holds tomorrow. So when the original zeal lifts and the battle becomes fierce, stay the course. Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep doing the word. All it takes is one good break, the game is turned around, and what seemed a sure defeat becomes a victory. So it is in life, one breakthrough in prayer and faith can turn your life completely around. So stir yourself, dig deep, put your faith in God and victory will be yours!