Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Not Giving Up

After doing the right thing many times, it can feel tiring. Yet God always honours the obedience of His people. Keep honouring the Lord. Don’t let the pattern of obedience be a wearying burden, but an expression of trust that God will act!

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Devotion

In spite of the rising price of single family houses in the Greater Toronto area, millennials are not giving up on their plans to buy one in the next couple of years. The National Post this past August reported that according to a survey by the Ontario Real Estate Association, 51% of the cohort are planning to purchase a detached home in the next two years. This could be a real challenge in the city of Toronto, where the average detached home in Toronto sold for 1.3 million dollars in July of this year. Even in the suburbs, housing is expensive. In the GTA, outside of the city of Toronto, the average price for a single family home was $952,000. Results from the Real Estate Board of Great Vancouver for July show detached homes are pretty much unattainable for local residents.

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I’m always amazed at marathon runners.  They have to have the stamina, the determination, to push through the pain of long distance running.  I often wonder how often during the race they are tempted to give up, and we have all been moved to see those who cross the finish line with absolutely nothing left, but having been successful in completing the race.  That is the picture that Paul paints in Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” The Christian life is a marathon. The moment that Jesus gets a hold of us, eternal life is ours.  We begin a life with Christ that by His grace and presence in us will cause us to live victoriously in both this life and the next.  Our call is to serve others, to do good, and not become weary in doing so.  This is impossible in our own strength. But God’s never ending provision is available if we will just tap into it by faith. Followers of Jesus are called to keep our eyes on the prize for which we have been called heavenward in Christ Jesus. There is a harvest ahead, a harvest of souls and of blessing. But we must keep pressing on.  Sometimes, like the marathon runner, that means pressing through when the times are tough.  But it will be worth it.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley