I’m Tired of Doing Good…

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Do you ever feel that way? Thinking to yourself, “I’m tired of doing good”, because you’re not getting what you feel you deserve in life. As I reflected on scripture today, I thought of that one verse in Galatians 6:9 which states, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” It’s a nice verse, but the thought came to me after that, what if I’m tired of doing good?

My thoughts

If you saw all my thoughts, you’d be surprised how much they aren’t always the nicest things. Whether I think about being incredibly mean in my words, or just doing whatever I want to make me happy with no concerns of how selfish I am. Sometimes that seems like the better option in life. Even with those thoughts, I still find myself believing in being a nice person, doing the right thing, and that ultimately trying to do good will get you further and better things in life than doing evil.

Galatians 6:9 in context

But to go back to Galatians 6:9, let’s expand our understanding of the verse by getting some context. Galatians 6:8-10 states, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, [b]while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

So prior to verse 9, Apostle Paul talks about how one who sows to their own flesh reaps destruction, and one who sows to the Spirit reaps eternal life. After verse 9, Paul encourages that while one has the opportunity, one should do good to all people, especially the household of faith. Putting all of it together, the reaping that is to come if we do not grow weary appears to be eternal life. And thus while we have the opportunity in this life, we’re sowing into the Spirit through doing good to all people, especially the household of faith, and eventually we will be reaping eternal life.

Conclusion

So often I’ve seen Galatians 6:9 singled out as doing good and reaping something good in this life. That isn’t to say that concept isn’t expressed in some form in other verses, but in this particular verse, it seems to be mainly referencing reaping eternal life.

What do you think?

Peace to all those who are in Christ.

 

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14 thoughts on “I’m Tired of Doing Good…

  1. I find myself feeling this way frequently; I’m always making sacrifices to do good for the loved ones in my life, and I’m expecting to reap the benefits of gratitude in return. How sinful my mind is apart from the Lord! Thanks for putting words to my exact thoughts this morning!

    • Hi Asher. Thanks for your comment. Yeah, you’re not alone. I try to remember that the Lord is pleased with my actions at least, and I guess also appreciate the moments that I do feel appreciated.

      Peace in Christ. 🙂

  2. I think we like the idea of reciprocity because it makes sense, it seems fair. It’s like the idea of karma, or yin and yang. Nice and balanced, right? But is it Biblical? Well, it certainly wasn’t fair that Jesus, who lived a perfect and blameless life was nailed to a cross because you sinned, because I sin. I should’ve been nailed to that cross. My daughter should’ve had a crown of thorns pushed into her head. My mom should’ve had a spear thrust into her side. God isn’t FAIR, He’s just. And ultimately, I think you’re right in keeping our eyes Godward and remembering there is something greater after this life.

    • Hi Christians in Motion. Yeah, that’s a perspective that should always be pondered. If the person who did all the good things for so many people didn’t necessarily get fully reciprocated with earthly good in his life, why should we expect the same? I suppose it’s a balance of that perspective but it also being okay to want good things.

      Peace in Christ. 🙂

    • Hi Casey! Thanks for your comment. And I 100% know exactly what you mean. Whether it’s people lying on their job applications or other things, the world does sometimes give a disconcerting feeling that your moral efforts don’t matter. I like to try to believe that people who do wrong or bad to get ahead in life always have things catch up to them eventually. Maybe it’s something I’ll never even know they end up going through because it’s something they hide from the world.

      Peace in Christ. 🙂

  3. We tend to read the Bible sometimes on our terms instead of its terms. That is to say, we seek to “prove out” a question we have in our minds by seeking an answer one way or the other and find total consistency in every book. The Word was written 2,000 years ago in another language and translated to ours. This is the reason we have so many versions of the bible. But let’s take some examples:
    Jesus tells us that adultery is wrong, but even just looking at someone with lust is committing adultery. What he means here is, say you are at the watercooler at work everyday with someone you are attracted to, and they or you are married, allowing yourself to begin to lust for them will absolutely make you commit adultery because you will justify a way little by little as to why it is okay, and before long the act is done and people are hurt including children.
    In Genesis we are told a serpent tells Eve to eat the apple. What is true, in fact, is the literal translation into English from Hebrew is “the shining one.” For whatever reason it was translated as serpent, perhaps because that is also its meaning. But we all know the serpent represents Satan in the Garden of Eden.
    I think what Paul is saying is much like Jesus’s example of adultery. If we allow negative thoughts to take hold in our mind we will eventually find ourselves acting from them. That turns us against ourselves we believe ourselves unworthy of salvation which Jesus has already provided. Satan loves this. We will then drift away from Christ altogether and our faith is destroyed. We must “repent” ( change our way of thinking and follow Him again or we will remain lost in this life and possibly lost from eternal life.
    Remember we all think negative thoughts. Even Jesus did. Remember he said, “Get behind me, Satan.” It’s whether we act on them or not that is affecting our soul. While you can’t earn your way to heaven by doing good, we strive to be perfect because we think we have to. Jesus died for us sinners. Let’s glorify what he did instead of trying to gain entry to heaven by our own works. But do good works anyway.

    • Hi Phyllis. Thanks for your comment. Interesting thoughts you offered. Indeed, sometimes we’re not aware of our biases that only seek to find verses that validate our preconceived perspectives. One of the things I enjoy about writing on here is being challenged on my perspective so I can be able to reach the most accurate perspective possible. I think it’s helpful for all of us to communicate with others that challenge us and also be open to seeing if there are verses that dispute our conclusions, or searching for arguments given for perspectives different than our own to see if they’re valid.

      Never heard about that literal serpent translation before. I’ll have to look into that. Indeed, one can’t earn their way into heaven. Only Jesus grants one that opportunity. I do think this verse along with some other verses would perhaps suggest that one has to maintain an active faith lifestyle to keep salvation, but that’s another conversation.

      Peace in Christ.

  4. Psalm 34:14 says, “Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.” This is echoed in the New Testament as well. Applying this scripture over the years, I have found my reward in the moment that I obey. As long as I don’t turn away from evil (engaging, reacting, etc) to do good, I feel myself being dragged under. By not allowing the evil around me to keep me from doing good, I feel cleansed. The old carnal nature surely feels dragged away from what it would naturally do; I sometimes feel weary as a result. But I feel triumphant in the end. I often write what I write in such spite of the challenges, because I would rather glorify the Lord with my life than to waste it on the ways of evil.

    • Hi Jeff. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, better it is for us to do good than evil. It’s quite interesting how we seem to run into more consequences and less of any sense of connection with God when we’re sinning. And that’s excellent you write in spite of your challenges. I find I do the same for the glory of God, and also because it’s kind of therapeutic to write out this journey of faith I’m on.

      Peace in Christ.

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