February 24 (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. (NLT)
How often do you get tired of doing good? Chances are, if you get tired of doing good, it is not so much a function of trying to do good all the time as it is of trying to do good in certain circumstances. For example, you may find it easy to do good things whenever you are with your church family. Even if your small group gets together every week, you may find it a joy to serve them with love. On the other hand, there may be regular situations with your biological family or at work that make doing good an increasingly heavy burden.
Keep at it, Paul says. Don’t give up. Keep at it. Don’t give up. Keep doing what you know is good and right. Don’t stop. Keep doing those acts of love, those things modeled by Jesus and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Don’t ever quit.
And how is that possible? How can you keep on doing the right thing when you just don’t have anything left to give? You can’t, but God can through you. You do not have to rely on your own emotional and physical strength, for those will certainly wear out, but when they do, you have an unlimited supply of supernatural strength through God, Who dwells within you. It is also why we have the body of Christ on earth. Let your brothers and sisters in Christ help you when you are weak, for our task remains the same no matter what. Never get tired of doing good.
Lord, You know better than anyone that I do indeed get tired of doing good. I need Your strength. I need the strength that allowed Jesus to endure the suffering of the cross if I am to be Your faithful follower. As always, give me the ability to do what You command, and command me to do what You will. In the name of Jesus, Who did that perfectly, amen.