Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. [Galatians 6:9]
Some of you have heard the phrase “you reap what you sow.” This truth actually comes a handful of verses before our scripture for today. This metaphor refers to the idea of a farmer receiving a harvest of crops based on the seeds that they sowed. So the concept is that what you are doing now is like seeds being planted that will produce something down the road. The question is, what type of seed are you planting in your heart and how diligently will you continue to plant.
It’s hard to continue to do good when we don’t necessarily see the results we want. It’s disappointing to treat your family with respect and patience and yet feel like there’s no progress. It’s discouraging to take advantage of opportunities to build community and feel like you are still on the outside looking in. It’s tough wanting to live in freedom from temptation but feel like you are still falling back into old habits.
God is telling you don’t give up. Don’t stop loving well. Don’t stop putting yourself out there. Don’t stop fighting for freedom. Don’t become weary in doing good. For at the proper time, you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. There are treasures for you and abundance for you that is on the other side of your faithful perseverance. And this life cannot be acquired any other way except for your effort and commitment to keep going even when there’s a wall in front of you. If you find yourself in life feeling like you have been trying to grow spiritually but you keep coming up against difficulty, keep going. If you hit a wall, keep pushing in. Don’t become weary. Don’t stop.
For all of us, I pray that we learn to live in the beautiful struggle of perseverance. Romans 5:3-4 says “we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. If you want to be a man and woman of character and hope, it is going to be on the other side of hardship and perseverance.
Here’s my prayer for you: God, I pray that you raise up a generation of women and men who don’t grow tired of doing good. I pray you encourage them that on the other side of their faithful effort and perseverance you have for them a harvest of abundance and life. For those who have been tempted to stop putting the effort in or for those who have stopped altogether. I pray for them Holy Spirit that you encourage them and remind them of the truth that it’s worth it. That the harvest is coming. Strengthen each one in Jesus name, amen.