13 “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)
Why do people give up? Here are some of the most common reasons: No hope (no perceived chance for victory or real reward) Not enough patience to keep going Fading interest (no sense of personal fulfillment) Poor fit (not enough or not the right talent or skills) Poor relationships kill the drive to press on Discouragement (criticism or lack of results has gotten to you)
Any of these hit home?
Athlete, there’s one more reason for giving up that should never make our list: fear of hard work. A great work ethic must mark the life of the believer, a true Christ-follower. That’s what Paul argues throughout 1 & 2 Thessalonians. As he closes his letter here, Paul challenges his “team” once more, calling them to toughness, especially in regard to doing what’s right. In fact, if a Christian is not known for his hard work and doing what’s right, living a life of physical laziness and moral sloppiness instead, Paul argues that other Christians should keep their distance from him. You can’t let such a one make your “team” and your Lord look bad (3:6,14).
So never fear hard work. Instead, embrace it. Let your life be defined by it. Be known for your great work ethic and toughness in doing what’s right no matter what. It supports the gospel so well and focuses and fulfills you.
Prayer to consider today: LORD, may I never fear hard work but rather be defined by it. May I advance Your kingdom and enhance the gospel by being tireless in supporting what’s right and inspired by the perseverance of Christ.