DON'T GET TIRED OF DOING WHAT'S GOOD
I’m Jack Jones and I recently turned 21 which now finally means I’m old! If you don't know who I am, you may have seen me dancing around on a Sunday morning with the amazing worship team, or serving our young people on a Friday with the amazing Ignite Team. I like to think I am easy to recognise because I haven’t had a haircut in over 5 years now which is ridiculous! However, if you have seen my crazy long hair, this won’t come as a surprise!
If you don’t already know what I do, I am in my last year as a music student at the University of Wolverhampton and I work part-time in youth work. As you can imagine, 2020 to 2021 has brought and will probably bring many changes for me with work and finishing university. Having to move to an online and outreach system was quite difficult and scary.
and Youth Worker
I haven't had a hair cut in 5 years!
So I just wanted to share with you what God put on my heart.
Galatians 6:9 NLT: 'So let’s not get tired of doing what’s good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.'
During the lockdown, I found it hard adjusting to the changes because of the pandemic, but this is my advice to my lockdown self, “Don’t get tired of doing what’s good!” This encouraged me to not get tired of how work/university/church looks different right now, to not get tired of worshiping alone in my bedroom, to not get tired of the zoom calls that can feel strange, and to not get tired of praying over the future. Things may look different but our God is still the same, so we give him praise regardless. If lockdown has taught me anything, it's that God can change hearts outside, from your obedience inside.
I'm sure we all know that this is easier said than done, after all, we are human. But be encouraged that when we feel like we have nothing left to give, we serve a God that fulfils us.
We speak to a God that is generous and humble enough to help us because he cares about us. He sent his one and only son to die for us, so what wouldn't he do for us?
This season was automatically going to be difficult; I haven't felt like I have been in my comfort zone this whole time and I'm sure a lot of you can relate to this. But comfort zones leave no room for growth. I will reap a harvest beyond my imagination; God hasn't given up on me, so I'm not giving up either. The Lord is blessing me and working through me during this season - he has stayed faithful to me throughout. This season feels strange, but the Lord is using it… so I encourage you to keep doing what’s good.