Devotional: ‘Don’t Give Up’

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Galatians 6:9 … let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Scripture teaches us that one of the important parts of being a follower of Jesus Christ is our ability to persevere. James writes – “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)  Blessed is the man who perseveres.

Today we see that we should always persevere in doing what is good. Paul tells us – “…let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

It is easy to keep doing good whenever we see results. If we share with someone in need and they immediately express their gratitude by letting us know how much our gift has blessed them, we are encouraged to so again. But what if we do something good, and we receive no thank you? What if we try to reach out to someone and they fail to respond? What if we try to share the gospel with someone who is lost and they tell us to leave them alone? How will we respond? Will we become discouraged and we give up or will we continue to persevere?

Before we decide to throw in the towel, we should step back and consider the long-suffering of our Savior. Scripture says that even while He was on the cross, men mocked Him. Yet Jesus did not give up on them. Even while they were mocking Him, our Lord prayed – “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” [1] It would have been so easy for Jesus to have given up on these evil men. It would have been justifiable for Him to pray for God’s wrath to fall upon them. Yet instead, He prayed for their salvation. Was Jesus foolish to pray in this way? Were these men a lost cause? Consider what we read from the book of Acts –

Acts 6:7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

Some of the very men who mocked Jesus eventually became one of His followers. As I consider this, I wonder if a part of the reason for their conversion was because of His prayers. Were these men’s hearts softened as they heard Him pray? Did the Father respond to His prayer by withholding His wrath? Did the Spirit begin to work on them the moment Jesus began to pray for their salvation?

We do not know all that occurred that day, but we do know that some amazing things happened. Sinful lives were transformed, all because Jesus did not give up. He continued to do what was right, even until the very end.

[1] Luke 23:34

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