And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
It’s a new year, and you’ve probably thought of one or two goals you’d like to achieve this year. And if you’re like many people, in a few weeks you will have all but given up on these goals. Why? Because we’ve all been conditioned to expect instant gratification and we feel the results of our work don’t come quickly enough.
I don’t mean to sound harsh in my analysis here but admit it; we’ve all been guilty of giving up a bit too soon on a well-intentioned New Year’s resolution, haven’t we?
But consider this: anything that improves our being, whether physically, mentally, relationally, or even financially, is desired for us by God. However, God isn’t going to do the work on our behalf. His Word will guide us, and His Spirit will strengthen and inspire us, but we are responsible for taking action. And we must also remember that the results of our efforts—when led by God—will not only be pleasing to him but will happen in his timing, not ours. So the key to achieving success is to be patient.
After all, patience is a Fruit of the Spirit. But it’s important to remember that the will of the Holy Spirit is in constant opposition to our sinful desires. In other words, if you’ve set a goal of losing 10 pounds before spring, then you have to lift at the gym and eat healthier foods, even when lying on the couch and eating ice cream sound way more appealing. And when we feel like we should see the results of our hard work, that’s our will taking over God’s. Our desires will always look for the quick and easy way out, while the will of the Spirit requires a difficult path.
So as you pursue your goals this year, remember to allow yourself to be led by God, fueled by His Spirit, work hard, and be patient with your results. If you’re obedient to Him, the results will come, and they will be beyond measure.
Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.