Monday Musings: A Study in Trudgery
“…let us not be weary in well doing:…we shall reap if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)
There is no greater “well doing” available to a Christian than the one referred to in the verses previous to Gal. 6:9. We are told to sow in the Spirit for in doing so we shall reap spiritual blessings. This is the greatest task on which a Christian can focus because in doing so it will bring forth fruit in every other area of his life. We are promised that we will reap everlasting life.
But there is a warning, an admonition with this promise. We are warned that the harvest may not be apparent right away. The blessings may be long in coming, but the assurance remains “we shall reap, if we faint not.” Undoubtedly, as the time between reaping and sowing stretches on, we will be tempted to weary of our work. Sowing to the Spirit requires the mind-numbing discipline of trudging through what at times may appear to be an endless sea of drudgery. The Word of God is quick and powerful, but familiarizing yourself with it is not all about speed and power. It requires hours at the sparring posts, learning how to thrust, to parry, and to wield the Sword with power. If we ask we shall receive, seek and we shall find. But it is not simply a matter of tossing our requests heavenward, there is discipline to prayer, and work is required for rewards.
In life we will sometimes become bored with well-doing, we will look up from our “sowing to the Spirit” and wonder if it is really worth the boredom and the drudgery. This is when we must remind ourselves that whatever is planted will grow. Whatever we put the most effort into is what will have the most dramatic consequences on our lives. We are promised that, no matter the difficulty of the task, we will “reap if we faint not.”