Weary of doing good.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. (2 Thes 3:13-15)

It started with a googling on “Be not weary of doing good”. So often we hear of people lamenting, I’m sick and tired, I do not care anymore. I give up. Let’s hear of the encouragement from God’s word, it says “Be not weary of doing good”. Usually when I see a verse, I will read the context of what it touches, by going to the verses before and after. The verse that came after is very meaningful too in our regards to our brother. Who is our brother, basically all around us, and we can probably break it down to different categories that we know ever so often… family, relatives, friends, closer friends, acquaintances, strangers, etc”

What does it mean by “company”?  Note it does not says ignore, reject, avoid, but rather no company that he may be ashamed. Yet instead, count him not as enemy, but admonish as a brother. How can one “not” company, and yet “admonish” at the same time. Simply in my perspective, selective company. Selective companionship. What’s your thoughts on this? How can you have no company, yet able to admonish at same time?

Not joining in companionship for reasons that are not Godly nor biblical. Such as companionship for otherwise legitimate entertainment when there is a preceding Godly activity availability. Such as Sunday worship, Praise and Worship services, gathering of the saints, prayer meeting, bible study, family time, etc.

Otherwise, any other time, we should love and admonish that brother into the edifying body of Christ, to the Glory of God.

Have we been ignoring or have gotten weary of doing good? Let us follow the example of the bible. If there is anything to complain or lament, bring it to God in prayer. After that, come out refresh and continue to do good. Let’s us never grow weary.

We have many example of characters in the bible that shows us this practice.

  1. First name that comes to my mind is Jesus. He did not lament to his disciples, not his parents, nor to anybody. He lament to God. He cried. He poured out his sorrows. He poured out his pain, concerns, worry. When it is all done, he come out from prayer refreshed. He is ready to minister and encourage again. Does that mean we should not share our sorrows with our brethren? No, as God has provided Eve to Adam as a helper, companionship, “It is not good to be alone”. If done too often, instead of encouraging another brethren it becomes a discouragment, even more so for people who may receive the wrong impression.
  2. Next I can think of is Hannah, mother of Samuel the prophet of God, recorded for us in 1 Samuel Chapter 1.
    10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore… 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard…18 … So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

    Nope, Hannah did not even screamed or lament. She was silent amd cried out to God quietly in her heart. Thereafter, she went her way and “no more sad”.

 That is the beauty of being with God, the beauty of praying to God, that quiet time with God which so many brother encourages to have. God minister and encourages us in all ways imaginable.

So how often is often?
When you think that a person may thinks that you are whining, grumbling, complaining… could be a good benchmark? When it is becoming more of a discouragement than an encouragement? When people starts to pity you? Or even perhaps we are instead going into the mode of seeking pity! There is a fine line between lamenting and seeking pity, and pity is in fact PRIDE!

Because it is so subtle, the thing you may not have noticed in this accounting of my experience was my PRIDE.  Yes, pride was my SUBTLE IDOL.  It was in the form of SELF-PITY, but it was pride nonetheless.  It is interesting that self-pity is actually pride and we know God hates pride. 

John Piper says, “The nature and depth of human pride are illuminated by comparing boasting to self-pityBoth are manifestations of pride

       Boasting is the response of pride to success.  Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering.  
       Boasting says, “I deserve admiration because I have achieved so much.”  Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have sacrificed so much.”  
       Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong.  Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.  
       Boasting sounds self-sufficient.  Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing.

The reason self-pity does not look like pride is that it appears to be needy.  But the need arises from a wounded ego, and the desire of the self-pitying is not really for others to see them as helpless, but as heroes.  The need self-pity feels does not come from a sense of unworthiness, but from a sense of unrecognized worthiness.  It is the response of unapplauded pride.”
Excerpt from http://www.seegod.org/pride.htm

Close today’s thought with the following verses:

  1. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Hebrew 5:7
  2. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 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

~ by ymsim on 2010/09/28.

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