Sunday Morning Service, 4/3/11
- Hallelujah We Will Sing
- How Can I Keep From Singing
- Not Ashamed
- King Of Kings
- What A Mighty God We Serve
- Everlasting God
Message: Be Not Weary in Well Doing
– Pastor Ulysse
This morning, we are going to talk about not being weary in well-doing.
We all know what it means to be weary. It means to be tired, to be discouraged. We should not be discouraged in doing what is good. Now, if we are doing bad, then we need to be tired of it; we need to quit.
Looking at myself and knowing what I’ve been through, time and time again I’ve been tired and discouraged. I look at Pastor Thomas and Pastor Paine, and they never seem to get tired or discouraged. I look at Mrs. Davis, and I’d like to know their secret. How do they keep from getting tired or discouraged?
In preparing messages, I have a hard time trying to introduce them. It took me maybe a day to prepare this, but it took me another four days to get the introduction. I found something very interesting in the theories of learning. One of them is behavioral learning. You learn not by internal, but by external stimulus. What pushes us, encourages us, motivates us comes from outside. In thinking about that, I thought “Wow!” That’s why Christians can get discouraged so easily. In many things that we do, the results don’t come quickly. Oh yes, it’s important to encourage each other, but the day-to-day things that motivate us, that keep us going might be on the other side. That’s why Isaiah, in his preaching, said “Is somebody listening?” You are a pastor; you do your best, but you don’t see any change. You see gossip all around; you don’t see charity. You might get discouraged because you don’t see progress; you don’t see results.
I am here to tell you, though it may take years, don’t be discouraged; don’t be weary in well doing.
We will look at what can cause us to get discouraged. Our main scripture is from Galatians chapter six, but I will remind you that the Bible was not originally divided into chapters and verses, so we will also look at the context. In chapter five, Paul talks about the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit, then he continues:
- Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
As I read, I asked myself, “Why does he say “a man”? Why does he not include woman? But this “man” is genetic; it includes male and female.
Whether it be a lapse, a slip, fault, an accident, a sin, or whatever, ye which are spiritual… He’s talking about those who are in the flesh, but you who are walking according to the spirit, you which are spiritual should restore such a one. To restore means like a broken bone, you have to adjust it. You have to use the fruit of the spirit, which is meekness, to fix that. In doing so, you must examine your own self. You cannot be restoring that person and be thinking, “I don’t know how that person got there; I could never be in that position.” You have to consider yourself, “lest thou also be tempted.” You are also flesh and blood. Lest you be taken by pride, we are all the same.
- Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
We all have burdens. We all have this in common. We may not have beauty in common, but we all have burdens, and they are burdens that can be shared. I stopped a little in doing this, because I asked myself, “If the Bible says to bear one another’s burdens, do we really know each other’s burden, that we may share it?” I don’t know your burden, and I can guarantee that you don’t know mine, but there is a work to be shared. Maybe we should get to know each other, so that we may share those burdens. We all have different burdens, but I can promise you that every one thinks their burdens are heavier than someone else’s. But nobody really knows the weight of somebody else’s burden. So it is really important in the body of Christ that we share the burdens that can be shared.
- Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
This talking about fulfilling the law of Christ by bearing one another’s burden. The law of Christ – I find it interesting in Matthew 7:12, what we call The Golden Rule:
- Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
If you can do to man what you would that they do to you, then you have fulfilled the law. I read a book about Jews, and God, and religion. It’s a really hard book, but one thing I found interesting talked about reversing this. I think that other religious books reverse this; they say “Don’t do unto other men what you would not like them to do to you.” There is a huge difference in that. The first difference I see is that it says “Whatsoever you would that men should do to you>’ This is not talking about what men do to you, but what they should do to you. If you think that men should help you, then you go and help them. If you think that men should love you, then you go and love them. It would be so much easier if it says, “Whatsoever you would that men do to you,” but it says “should do.” Jesus said, “You go and do that.”
- For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Sometimes we deceive ourselves; we think we are something when we are not. We think we are doing great things when we are not. There is a saying, if you hear someone talking about himself, that if you want to go into business and make a profit, you should buy that person for what they’re worth, and sell them for what they think they’re worth. Then you would make a great profit.
- But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
You cannot rejoice in another’s work. You rejoice in your own work.
- For every man shall bear his own burden.
What’s going on here? What about this sharing thing? I thought it said that we should all share our burdens, and now it says we must bear our own. But when you go into the Greek word, there are many definitions for “burden”. There is a burden that can be shared. If I am lifting something, you can help me lift. If I am moving, you can help me move. There are things that you can help in, however you help. But there are some burdens that you must bear.
I know that in Christian Fellowship, we men love our wives more than anyone else. We wish that we could die for them, we love them so much. But when they get pregnant, they must bear their own babies. This kind of burden, nobody can help.
Let’s say you are in a bus, and the bus carries you, and you carry your stuff. Even though you carry something in your hands or over your head or in your pockets or wherever, you cannot help the bus. The bus will still carry you and your stuff.
When you sin, you must bear it alone until you take it to Christ. You cannot share it; you must bear it alone. So everyone must bear their own burden in that sense.
- Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
We’re talking about well doing here. If you are taught, you have to communicate with your teacher. If you are blessed spiritually, then you turn around and share your material good.
- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
- For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
- And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
The law of horticulture: there is no surprise. If you plant corn, and you go the next day and find beans, you would be surprised. You should be surprised, because that just does not happen. When we talk about reaping and sowing, we reap what we sow. That’s exactly what we reap. That’s why I say that you can never do bad by doing good. If you are doing what is good, then regardless of what is going on, you keep doing good, because whatever you are doing, it will come back to you.
The second thing is, you reap after you sow. You do not say “Before I sow, I want to reap what it will become, and then afterwards I will sow.”
The third thing is, we reap more than we sow. If you sow one seed of corn and you get one seed back … that should be your expectation anyway. We reap way more than we sow. But you should keep in mind that it’s hard; you need to plow, and work the land, and sow, and be patient, and wait. You have to know that the day will come when you will be happy, because the day will come when you will get what you are working for.
- As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Don’t let any opportunity go by to do what is good, to do what you would like others to do to you. We have a duty to the weak. This is what it is talking about. We have a duty to all men, but he starts out talking about comforting the weak.
Jesus talked about how he separated the sheep and the goats, and said:
- For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
- Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
This would surprise us. I would think, “I thought everything was gone!” I remember when I gave such-and-such to so-and-so, and they took it and never said “thank you.” I went and visited so-and-so in prison, and they cursed me. You do good and you don’t see the result right away. But there will come a day when you will hear, “Inasmuch as you did it to so-and-so, you did it unto me.” And again, if I don’t like Jay, and I say to him, “I can see you starving, but I will just laugh at you.” Then there will come a day when I will hear, “Inasmuch as you did it not to him, you did it not unto me.” So when I do good, I am doing good to Christ, and I wait for my reward.
- I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
By doing what you are doing, you ought to support the weak. Really, you are doing it for the weak, but listen to this: it is more blessed to give than to receive. You are doing it for the weak, but really, you are blessed if you give, so you are doing it for yourself. Why would you be weary in doing good for yourself?
- We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
This is self-sacrifice. This is living not for ourself but for somebody else. It says, “we ought”. We ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. You should not get discouraged; this is your duty; this is your job; this is what you ought to do.
I have wanted to say many times, “I give up; I cannot do this anymore.” But when I think about this, I cannot go back; I must keep going. Because this is what I ought to do.
- To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
When you have this conviction, you cannot be weary in doing. When you are doing all things so that as many as possible can be saved, you cannot stop doing it, because then somebody would not be saved.
- Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
This is our job. This is for ourselves. This is for Christ. We can think of all the things that would make us discouraged, but when we think of this, we will not be weary in well doing. It’s like going to work. You should not be discouraged in going to work, because your whole life depends on it. You think of your bills and you say, “It’s hard, but I must do it.”
I encourage you not to be weary in well doing. You will reap, if you faint not. If you faint, then you will lose. But if you faint not, then you will be encouraged. Actually, you may regret that you did not do more.