We Reap the Full Harvest Of the Good Seed Sown, Only if We Persevere
- We need to study and know more of the Scriptures.
- Understanding them correctly only with Yehovah's help;
- Then carefully and accurately handling, and applying the truth we have discovered. "Study to shew thyself approved unto Elohim, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15
We Then Must Persevere.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:9-10
- When doing what is right, we are always faced with battling the forces of evil. This is illustrated in the life of Nehemiah when he led the people in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. "They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon." Nehemiah 4:17.
- And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:29,30 We must do good, watch and persevere.
We need this exhortation due to our natural tendency:
a) to grow weary; because doing what is right is not easy work.
b) wanting to see immediate results whereas it takes time to grow a crop, and the harvest may not come in our lifetime. "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." Eccl 11:1
Paul's words warn and encourage us against giving up when we should be persevering.
a) This word means to be (bad or) weak, that is, (by implication) to fail (in heart): - faint, be weary.The idea of discouragement, a failure of the will.
b) In II Thessalonians 3:13 Paul exhorts , "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing."
a) refers to an occasion, that is, set or proper time: - X always, opportunity, (convenient, due) season, (due, short, while) time, a while.
b) this is Yehovah's appointed time, and cannot be changed by us.
a) The word means to relax (literally or figuratively): - faint.
b) While hard work now will produce proportionate abundance later, Paul is challenging us to remember that failing to persevere now will also produce proportionate poverty later.
Note the word "opportunity" used in verse 10 is the same word used in verse 9 for "due season".
Perseverance comes :
a) from knowing Yehovah through the Word and leaning on His promises by faith.
b) down to our faith focused on Yehovah; his commands and promises,as found in his word.
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of Yehovah, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in Yehovah." 1 Corinthians 15:58
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2-4
"Yehovah will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Yehovah, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands." Psalm 138:8
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