Do you sometimes feel like your efforts are not yielding a great deal? Maybe you have sown financially into a church, ministry, or people and are yet to reap a harvest. It could be that after all your hard work, your project, job or business did not yield the expected results. Or maybe your labours of love attract little or no appreciation by others.
In the natural, your first instinct may be to stop what you are doing. Because according to the world, if what you are doing is not working, they say try another approach. The challenge we face is that we live in a result-driven world. Everything is so fast paced and we even have technology to help us achieve this. So we get used to seeing quick results. And if something does not work, we move to the next thing. Therefore, it is no surprise we adopt these approaches when it comes to the actions we undertake in the Kingdom.
But what does God have to say about this? Well, the simple truth is that God wants you to continue doing good, regardless of the results you may or may not see. The fact of the matter is that your harvest may come in a different way than what you expect. It could be that you may not see the fruit of your labours whilst you are alive as the beneficiaries may be a future generation. It may be that your reward or ‘thank you’ may not come until you appear before God. Hence, this means a lifetime of doing good, regardless! And whilst you may feel your efforts are not amounting to much, in the bigger scheme of things, it is doing a great deal. Moreover, God is pleased with your simple obedience to keep doing something for which you may not see an obvious reward or outcome.
In Hebrews 6:10, the scripture tells us that God is not an unfair God. God, who sees and knows all things, will reward you for your labours of love. Galatians 6:9 encourages us not to be weary of doing good. Instead, we should keep being a blessing to others, as we will reap a harvest in Gods time. In Isaiah 49:1-7, he talks about his labours being futile, with a lot of effort being wasted. Can you relate? Maybe God has asked you to do something and you did it wholeheartedly. Yet, the results, you believe, were zilch! Worst still, you faced opposition in trying to accomplish it. But going back to that passage, God answers him by giving him an even bigger reward.
So don’t get too caught up with what you see and don’t see. That said, this is no excuse for you to become sloppy neither. Ensure you watch your heart and keep doing what God has asked you to do. Don’t opt to sow sparingly, give/work grudgingly or adopt the wrong motives. For God sees the heart and loves it when we give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Moreover, He promises that as we pour out, we will be replenished. I don’t know about you but I can testify to this. When you give (of your time, effort, money, etc) in obedience, God always pays you back though not in the way we sometimes expect it. God operates in endless ways and He does not think the way we do.
So don’t get weary in going good. Instead, ask God to give you the heart and strength to keep going – regardless!
Gladys Famoriyo, award-winning author, speaker and coach, is the author of Overcoming Emotional Baggage: A Woman’s Guide To Living The Abundant Life (ISBN: 0-924748-73-7). Gladys is passionate about developing Gods people and provides a number of services for individuals, groups, churches and organisations. To find out more or subscribe to her eZine, log on to www.gladysf.com or call +44 (0) 870 750 1969.