September 16 Do Not Grow Weary

Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6–15

Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:13

As for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

At various points throughout history, some Christians have been accused of being too teleological in focus. That is, they emphasized the life to come and their ultimate destination of heaven to the exclusion of concern for this present world. You have probably heard this comment: “He is so heavenly minded, he is no earthly good.”

In Paul’s day in the church at Thessalonica, many believers took this warped emphasis to the extreme. They were convinced that Jesus was returning at any moment, so they ceased working and waited for Him. You can imagine what chaos the imbalance caused within the early church, with some believers working harder and carrying the load for the others.

Second Thessalonians 3:12–13 (nasb) contains this reproof: “Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.”

It is all right to look forward to spending eternity with Jesus after we die and leave this earth; He wants us to eagerly anticipate His generous blessings to come. Yet the here and now matters to Jesus too. He wants you to grow in His fellowship, maturing and strengthening and becoming a better-equipped representative of His grace to a lost world.

Heavenly Father, keep my focus on this lost and dying world. Help me grow in fellowship with You, maturing and strengthening to become a better representative of Your grace.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 271). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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