Keep Going and Growing

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

In the journey of faith, there are moments when the road gets tough, the hills seem too steep, and our spirits grow weary. In these times, especially, the words from Galatians 6:9 remind us: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a bountiful harvest if we do not give up.” This promise concerns perseverance and the hopeful, abundant outcomes if we stay the course.

Why do we sometimes feel like giving up? Often, it’s because our expectations don’t align with reality—whether it’s the results of our efforts, the responses of others, or the seemingly slow pace of progress. However, as Godseekers, we are called to a different standard that values faithfulness over immediate success. Remember, it’s not about the speed of our journey but the growth and reward that come from staying the course.

One essential strategy to avoid giving up is maintaining our commitment to meeting. These gatherings are not merely social events; they are lifelines. They provide a space to share our struggles and victories, pray for each other, and receive the encouragement we need to keep going. Hebrews 10:25 emphasizes this, urging us not to give up meeting together but to encourage one another.

Another key is to keep our eyes on the bigger picture. The ‘proper time’ for reaping a harvest is in God’s hands, not ours. Our role is to remain faithful, doing good even when it’s hard, even when we can’t see the immediate fruits of our labor. This long-term perspective helps us move beyond the frustrations of the moment and cling to the hope of God’s ultimate plan for us and our community.

Additionally, embracing the support system within our faith community can make all the difference. Knowing that you are not alone—that others are striving to live out their faith—can bolster your resolve. Share your burdens and allow others to share theirs with you; this mutual support can renew your strength.

Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” This emphasizes that the actual value of a community lies not just in its size or status but in how its members treat one another with kindness and empathy. Such actions create a nurturing environment where individuals feel supported and are more likely to persevere through challenges together.

Here’s a thought: even Jesus sought the companionship and support of His closest friends in His most challenging times, such as the night in Gethsemane. If our Savior valued community support highly, how much more should we?

So, how can we make this practical? Start by prioritizing your spiritual gatherings. Whether it’s a weekly service, a small group meeting, or a prayer session, make these appointments non-negotiable in your calendar. Be open about your challenges in these spaces and allow others to walk alongside you.


Lord, help us not to grow weary of doing good. In moments of discouragement, remind us of the harvest that awaits us. Strengthen our resolve to meet regularly with fellow believers, knowing that we can endure and encourage each other more effectively than we can alone. Please help us to see the value of every gathering as a chance to fortify our spirits and align our hearts with Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. What aspect of your spiritual practice are you most tempted to give up on when challenges arise?
  2. How can your faith community help you stay committed during challenging times?

Step of Faith

This week, reach out to someone in your community who might be struggling and encourage them. Maybe schedule a regular check-in with a friend to share your challenges and pray for each other. Remember, perseverance is not just a solo endeavor—it’s a communal commitment.

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