Let us not lose heart in doing good. . . – Galatians 6:9
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good…– 2 Thessalonians 3:13
I recently got some uplifting correspondence from some newsletter and blog readers and subscribers. Putting the Word out there and online is much like street preaching. You share what you got and you may not get any form of response. You don’t know if it hit home or fell on deaf ears. Sometimes, you just don’t know if you have any real impact or not.
I was pondering the ins and outs, along with the pros and cons, of going on or giving up when they came in like a flood. Responses to emails and Facebook links came in a rush. Newsletter readers emailed and thanked me for sharing inspiring words. Blog post comments came to without any prompting. I had my answer.
I go on because of what the Lord is able to do through me. That’s not a boast or brag. That’s part of how He works through us, even while He is still working on us. I am a witness. He does a mighty work through chipped and fragile vessels of clay, the very ones that He Himself formed and preserved for such uses. He uses me and I am glad to be used by Him. He doesn’t share His glory with me, but He allows me to see enough of a glimpse of the impact that comes from what I do. That’s enough for me.
Why bother? I bother simply to be obedient. I bother because I love God who first loved me, knowing that His love is available to all who will call upon His name. I bother because I know that I am called, accepting of the assignments that may or may not win me prestige or earthly treasures. I bother because someone else had sense enough to bother me, to nudge me further and further, causing me to near the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In essence, I would have to say, that’s the main reason that I bother with it all. And I will go on.