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Do Not Grow Weary

Do Not Grow Weary--We have been redeemed to do good works.

Uses of the Law: To Guide Us in Doing Good (4)

T. M. Moore

And let us not grow weary of doing good… Galatians 6.9

We have been redeemed to do good works. The Law of God defines, explains, and illustrates the form those good works should take. God has prepared these good works for us beforehand, that we might walk in them (Eph. 2.10). Walking in good works suggests a way of life, a life devoted to paying attention to others, sensing their needs, and reaching out, according to the Law and Word of God, to show the love of God to others in concrete, specific ways.

It is significant that Jesus, when describing His followers in terms of good works, used a metaphor and not a simile. We are not “like” salt, we “are” salt. The metaphor is much stronger and suggests a manner of being-in-the-world to be attained, rather than an occasional activity to undertake. We might on occasion, as prompted by a particular situation, give an offering above our normal tithes in order to meet some specific need. But we must live for good works and be defined by them from the inside out.

This might sound like a rather wearying way of life. But Paul says we must not grow weary of doing good. If we truly are good, formed in mind, heart, and conscience by the Law and Spirit of God, then we will not be able to help ourselves from doing good. Good works flow from good souls, and good souls are formed in the forge of God’s Law and Word under the steady breath and shaping anvil of the Holy Spirit.

The only way not to grow weary in doing good works is to be ourselves so much of the essence of goodness that doing good is all we can do.

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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