Galatians 6:9 So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest.
When do we get to rest from our labors? John Wesley said: “Heaven forbid if the Lord came and found me sleeping.” His actions line up with his words; six days before passing on to glory, he was giving counsel of encouragement to his dear friend, William Wilberforce. Wesley, lying on his deathbed with a quivering hand, wrote these words: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils; but if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing! Go on in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.” His friend continued his fight and was victorious. It took years of hard work, but it was accomplished.
When we think at our time of passing, we could be off the front lines of being a vessel of righteousness for his Namesake, this is not so! We will continue until the last breath of earthly life is removed from us proclaiming the love of Christ and giving encouragement to those who are weak and weary. As we experience discouragement in our trials and tribulations, turn around and share a word of hope with another! That word of hope will birth in your spirit as you deliver the word to someone else in need! Christ said: Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being! John 7:38
Yes, if we trust in Christ the Lord, as our Saviour, there is no shutting up what lives within us! We can’t keep our mouths shut, because the words of life will continue to flow like rivers of living water; the water of life is Christ the Lord, within us! What a wonderful gift we have in God’s Word, which is filled with life! If Christ lives within you, there will be no time for rest until the Lord says rest! Until then, continue in well doing, and let his words flow as rivers of living water, because his life is your life — you are one in him. The Lord said he would provide the words for you revealing the testimony of the Messiah. Let us continue for as long as we can, in every way we can, and everywhere we can, as he guides our path.
Maria Watson is pastor of The Sanctuary of Casa Grande.
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