2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
In the history of the early church we read about resistance in every venture. There was resistance from spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12), from wicked people (II Thessalonians 3:2), from difficult circumstances (2 Corinthians 11:25-28), and, mentioned in the context of this verse, from those among the early Christians who drained resources without producing anything.
All resistance creates its own kind of frustration, but resistance from within, from those who are supposed to be working toward the same goals, seems to weigh heaviest on many people. And that is what Paul was writing about in this chapter.
A church that is doing the work of Christ on earth is involved in good things. It is not Jesus’ Gospel purpose to harm anyone, so, if we are involved in His church we are involved in helping people both spiritually and physically. But if we are not thinking about this correctly we can become easy prey for discouragement, frustration, and a weariness that can paralyze us. Here are some helpful guidelines:
Keep focused on the fact that the Church's work is God’s work and it is a good work. It is the work of Jesus.
If you labor for accolades and praise from people then people can easily discourage you. Lay up treasures in heaven.
If you are healthy and able, make sure you are contributing to the overall goals and being a help, not a drain on resources without contributing your share and then some.
Pace yourself, make it your goal to continue in this good work for a lifetime.
Push through the hard times and the resistance. Don’t let up, make your life count.