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Not giving up

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:7-9

Most of us have the propensity to remain in our selfish attitude. Yet, when we are maturing in our relationship with God we are expected to overcome selfishness. God’s admonition from His word is to learn how to give. To help us understand this value, Paul shares a principle of cause and effect. He posited first a grave warning which states that God cannot be mocked. God’s principle of economy was presented and it says, “You will always harvest what you plant.” Because a man reaps what he sows we cannot treat with contempt God’s admonition. One who thumbs his nose at God and sneers at him doesn’t change this immutable “law of the harvest.” It is to our loss and detriment if we continue to disregard God’s counsel; we will always suffer. Each of us by our thoughts, attitudes, and actions is constantly planting for a future reaping. Time may pass before the crop ripens, but the harvest is inevitable. Consider the harvest! In this application of the harvest principle, by sowing good deeds, we can expect to reap a spiritual harvest. In a broader application of this principle, remember there are no miracle crops. You reap spiritually, relationally, mentally, and physically in direct relation to what you plant. It is foolish to think that you can live irresponsibly and not suffer damaging consequences. Take heed of God’s admonition and let us not become weary in doing good. If we persist and persevere in looking for opportunities to sow seeds of kindness, at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. It is discouraging to continue to do good and not see a reward. It also becomes drudgery when those you are trying to reach by doing good deeds are not responsive. But just like Paul’s challenge to Christians in Galatia, let us keep on giving because God promises to reward those who are faithful in the long run.


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