The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Holy Spirit wants to produce this fruit in you. This week we are taking a look at the idea of having Faithfulness in a Time of Weariness. There are many situations that can bring about weariness, and no doubt you may have experienced some of them this year! If not checked, weariness can lead to hopelessness. Hopelessness can lead toward drifting to a life that we think is out of our ability to impact.  This can lead toward approaching each day with a reluctance, and a lack of hope and vision. But, we believe the Holy Spirit offers us more, and that we can in fact be faithful, even when we are weary!

Start Talking

  • What is something you have found entertaining in 2020 (it’s good to laugh right, if even just not to cry?!)?
  • How would you describe 2020 in ONE word?
  • Jeff chose “weariness” as his word for 2020. One of the definitions for weariness is the reluctance to see or experience any more of something. Did this resonate with you? Is there something specific you find yourself weary of?

Think About It

  • Jeff mentioned that weariness can have these attributes:

Weariness wears down.
Weariness wears down our hopes.
Weariness wears down our relationships.
Weariness wears down God’s vision for our lives.

  • Discuss how you have experienced weariness effect you or someone close to you. Perhaps it’s in one of the ways above.
  • Why is it important (especially as believers) that we fight against weariness?
  • Jeff shared these two thoughts with us on Sunday:

Weariness can come from what we don’t know.
Faithfulness can come in what we choose to do. 

  • How have you seen these principles to be true in your own life?

Look It Up

  • Read John 12: 1 – 3
  • Compare and contrast what is happening in John 11:32 and John 12:3.
    • What stands out to you?
    • How does understanding what happened in John 11 impact the way you read and understand these verses?
  • Of the two verses above, which would you say is the “Chapter” and which is the “Story”?
  • When in your life has a “chapter” felt like the whole “story”?
  • How has living through that circumstance changed your perspective on difficult circumstances?

What Now?

  • Do you believe that 2020 is a chapter and Jesus is The Story?
  • One could argue that it’s easy to praise Jesus in John 12, and that it’s really hard to praise Jesus in John 11.  And that’s the point.  The fruit of faithfulness is required in a season of weariness. So, what do we do?  We follow Mary’s example:  Mary poured out her best. Knowing this…
    • Where in your life have you stopped pouring out your best?
    • Where in your life do you need to “be found faithful?”
    • Where in your life have you become weary and started letting excuses drive you?
  • This week, choose faithfulness in one area of your life and fight back against weariness.  Stop listening to your excuses and fear. Start listening to Jesus. When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8)? Here are some examples of places to start, which area (or another) will you choose to focus on this week.
    • Marriage
    • Work
    • Personal Growth
    • Spiritual Growth
    • Finances
    • Health

One Thing to Remember

Start looking not at the circumstances but at the future vision God has for you. Your faithfulness will show up in eternity because Jesus is faithful to you. 

Additional Resources

Trusting God in Hard Times (Article)
The Blessing by Elevation Worship (Song)
The Joyful Christian by C.S. Lewis (Book)
Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray (Book)
Where You Are by Leeland (Song)