No Rest for the Weary

tired runner

Galatians 6: 9 NIV  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

A new relationship brings to mind excitement, joy, and anticipated fulfillment.  Starry-eyed and blind to the world swirling around as you walk hand and hand down a busy street. This feeling of newness can take your breath away and cause your thoughts to create a falsely surreal existence.

As a new believer in Christ, our relationship with our Lord and savior can mimic our human relationships.  It contains new insight, unexplained experiences with amazing outcomes, and a joy that only He can provide.   Our humanness craves this feeling like a drug and wants this thrill to stick around for the entirety of new found faith.

Isaiah 60: 5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come

Staying and lingering on this mountain to see life as God sees us is intoxicating.  But, this is not how He wants us to live.

Just as a relationship begins to develop into a messy and complex combination of two perspectives, our faith follows in its footsteps.  It ebbs and flows from feelings of joy, contentment, to frustration, confusion, anger, and even boredom.  Is this how it should develop?

Psalm 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

Over time all relationships demand work and our hearts become weary.  Is it all worth it?  Do I have the stamina for this race?  Turning away and seeking an alternative seems to be the answer out of desperation.

Yet, our loving and gracious savior has other plans.  His plans are that we seek Him and turn to Him in all that we do and say.  The weariness seeps into our souls when we turn our backs, listen to the whispering lies of how it’s not worth the effort.   Doubting His greatness and allowing our selfishness to deny His righteousness.

How often has my stubbornness and microscopic worldly view tainted this beautiful relationship?  Unfortunately, too many times to count.

Walking away is not an option.  There is a life we have yet to experience on the other side.  Peace and soul quenching rest that we all yearn for is just there for our taking.

Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

So, how do we push through and maintain a close relationship that doesn’t part?

The answer to this question is simple but extremely difficult at times to adhere to unless we have a mindset of dedication, loyalty, and determination.  In other words, our hearts have to be in the game.

Just as we cultivate a human relationship by listening with open minds, embracing the monotony of daily routines, and forgiving mistakes and unmet expectations, we apply these to our faith.  Jesus can lead us to the living water, but he can’t make us drink.  We were given our independent minds to decide how we will live out God’s world.

Once we have reset our thinking patterns, we can then begin to read the word of God and listen to what He has to say about our relationship.

Philippians 2: 1-18

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.


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