Continued from here.
In my last blog entry, we digested what Paul meant by “become weary” Today, we will focus on what we need to avoid becoming weary of: “in doing good.”
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9
Paul doesn’t want us to become weary in doing good, which means there’s an expectation that we should already be doing good. The word doing is an action, so God expects us to be taking action. We shouldn’t just be thinking about doing good, considering doing good, or planning to do good at a future time. We should be actively doing good as a regular state of being in our day-to-day lives. The Bible tells us that anyone who does what is good is from God and that those who do evil have not seen God.
So, if doing is an action, then what is the good that God expects us to be doing that has the potential to weary us if we choose to allow that to happen? It’s whatever God says in the Bible is good to do. Here are some specific examples of “doing good” that the Bible mentions:
- Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
- Be generous and willing to share.
- Be peaceable, considerate, and gentle.
- Be self-controlled.
- Do not withhold good from others when it is within your power to act.
- Love your enemies.
- Obey authority.
- Provide for urgent needs.
- Refrain from paying back wrong for wrong.
- Seek peace and pursue it.
- Share with others.
- Use sound speech.
This is far from an exhaustive list. While people try to complicate the Bible, it really is simple … it’s just not easy. I “do good” when I am obedient to God, and I “do evil” when I am disobedient to God. While we can point to numerous verses with specific ways to “do good,” I believe that Micah 6:8 most fully captures the bigger picture of what it means to “do good:”
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
That’s a tall order – for me to act in alignment with whatever God says to do while extending mercy to you when you don’t. I can get tired of holding myself up to a higher standard while cutting you slack whenever you don’t … hence the need for Paul to admonish not to become weary in doing this.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace smiling while holding a clipboard and pencil, saying, “Will do.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]