Weariness, in this devotional, is a reference to feeling worn out, tired, or fatigued. In II Thessalonians 3:13, Paul urges his readers not get weary. The text reads, “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.”
In this devotional, let’s focus on how our sins can contribute to our being worn out. No matter how holy we strive to be, the truth is that we are still sinning and falling short of God’s glory. I John 1:8 teaches that if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Prayerfully, we have mastered some of the “larger sins.” We don’t smoke, get drunk, or have sex outside of marriage. Praise the Lord. However, lust may still be a problem. Envy may still have a place in us.
We may not be as loving and patient as we believe God wants us to be. And when we have been trying to get a sin problem solved in our lives for a long time, we are tempted to experience weariness.
We began to think about what is the use of even trying to stop sinning. We began to think are we simply hypocrites. And while we are wrestling with our sins, the good work that God has called us to do can often go lacking.
God is calling us to confess our sins, accept His forgiveness, and move on with our lives and the good work that He is calling us to do (see I Jn. 1:9; Eph. 2:10). As tired as you may be with the battle in your life, God still loves you and has a marvelous plan for your life.
In fact, God often uses our struggles with sin to help us empathize with others. Our wrestling matches with sin helps us to stay humble. And our passing the tests of life help us to have testimonies to share with others. In other words, even when our personal sins are draining us, we cannot quit!
Self Examination 1. Cite some examples of personal sins that you find yourself wrestling with (don’t worry; no one can see your answers – smile).
2. Discuss how your personal sins can tempted you to be distracted from doing the good work that God is calling you to do.
3. Discuss how passages like I John 1:8-9 help you to press on, in spite of your personal sins.
4. What are you going to do to improve in this area?
Prayer Great and awesome God, the One who knows all about my sins and yet loves me and calls me to do a great work, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You make Your gracious forgiveness available to me and continue to call me to the privilege and duty of service.
I confess that I am tempted to waddle in my guilt and disappointment with myself, instead of confess, receive, and move on. I am tempted to experience weariness because of my continued personal sins. Please forgive me, and help me to do better. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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