Bible Ballistics: Weary NOT in Well Doing??? Vol. 4 #25
We’ve often talked about tiredness and being weary in our journey and service to our King, Jesus. Today I’d like us to take a little twist on that. Do you sometimes become weary in doing the ‘right thing’? Even when we walk with Jesus, sometimes it’s hard not to be distracted looking around at not only the world, but at other Christians or professing Christians who live like the world or do things differently than we do, or as we think they ought to be done
So what do we do? Throw rocks? There are days that we all could find justification for that choice, but I think we’ll have a hard time finding Biblical support for that choice. Something like ‘turn the other cheek’ might come to mind. So what if the Lord is working in someone else differently than in me? What if someone else gets the opportunities or giftings that I desire? Jesus addressed this very issue as He spent His last days with the disciples before He ascended back to heaven. John relates an account that dealt with Jesus, himself and the apostle Peter.
During a fishing trip, some of the disciples had an encounter with Jesus at breakfast on the shore, it also became a time of restoration between Jesus and Peter, during which time Jesus makes a prophecy regarding Peter and his future:
John 21:18-23, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. 20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, **If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. **23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, **If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee**?”
Jesus told Peter that he would die for his faith. That would be pretty disconcerting in and of itself, but Peter turning toward John asks Jesus, “what shall this man do?” (Speaking of John). Jesus’ answer is not only profound but also timely, and one which we need to take account of!!! Jesus’ admonition being stated twice seems to be pointing out not only its significance but also the nature of mankind—even the first disciples. They couldn’t keep the story straight. Jesus never said John “should not die” but much like the old children’s game of gossip, once a story is repeated it takes on a life of it’s own. John sets the record straight here!!! Jesus simply reminded Peter that “his” story was just that, “his” story. He needed to be concerned with ‘himself’ not with what Jesus had in store for John!!! (Remember that ‘history’ is in fact “his/story”—the end from the beginning.)
How often have devoted Christians gone astray because they got sidetracked by someone else’s success, failure, indiscretion or misunderstanding. Jesus calls us to consider:
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
We are to follow Jesus—keep our eyes on the prize!!! And remember, Jesus is the prize. (See Phil. 3:12-14)
Hebrews 12:1-2, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I am to run my race!!! Not yours and you aren’t called to run my race!!! We are each to fix our eyes on Jesus!!! Look to Jesus NOT the other runners, imposters, distractors or any one, or anything other than JESUS!!!
So how does this flesh itself out? Let’s see what God says in the following passages, and you can check out the entire context as you think on these things this week.
Galatians 6:7-10, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. …… 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Keep on keeping on IN JESUS!!!! HARVEST WILL COME!!!
2 Thessalonians 3:10-13, “…..For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”
If you’re not working—get busy!!! If you are working, don’t grow “weary in well doing”, but press on with Jesus. Just like the old proverb says—‘it ain’t over till the fat lady sings’!! God’s payday is coming but it’s not TODAY!!! Don’t check out early and miss the best reward!!!
Matthew 10:42, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
You’re only responsible for what GOD asks you to do!!! But do it diligently, faithfully and excellently—as unto the LORD!
Mark 9:41, “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”
And finally, remember what Jesus had to say about the “hierarchy”…. Maybe not what you were expecting???
Matthew 20:25-28, “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
If Jesus calls you to a ministry—HE WILL SUPPLY YOUR NEED!!! Don’t be distracted or let others weary your soul!! And remember we are to humbly serve—Not arrogantly rule over!!!