CXCVII. Perseverance in Well Doing.

GAL. vi. 9.
“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not.”

I. OUR duty. There are two things in connection with
duty which it will be well for us to remember—well doing,
and constancy in well doing. Action is at once the destiny
and the lot of man. All the conditions of his existence
are training for his activity. The text contains special
exhortation to constancy in well doing. He was thinking
not only of the fickleness of the Galatian Church, but upon
the general possibility of paralysis common to the whole
family of man. The wants of the world and the wants
of the Church demand action. The same motives enforce
constancy. If we weary in well doing, we shall be the
only recreants from duty. Does the Spirit tire of striving?
Is there any pause in the intercession of the Son? Are
the ranks of evil weary? Does not Death still stalk,
sword in hand, over the great battle-field of life?
II. The special encouragement which the apostle pre-
sents. There is a reward promised by Him who cannot
lie, and preserved by Him who cannot be turned from His
purpose. The moral harvest comes all to perfection; not
a grain is lost. Surely you will not be weary, when your
salvation is so much nearer than when you first believed?
W. Morley Punshon, D.D.

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