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
This is the verse that was attached to an e-mail a friend sent me this evening. She has no idea what I am struggling with, no idea of my inner battles, no idea what I need. And yet - this verse exploded off the page and shot straight to the very heart that was in need of encouragement. My own.
Do not become weary ... do not give up. How I needed these words!
Before I became too excited about applying the verse to my personal struggle, however, I went to Scripture to read it in context. I was thrilled to find it fitting and appropriate to encourage my weary soul and spur me on to keep running the race that requires focus, persistence, consistency, and sacrifice. Every day. Until Christ returns.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:7-10
My fatigue is a result of many circumstances at present, but there is one area in particular which needs me to continue "doing good", and that is my role as a mother.
Every morning when I wake up to the faces of my children I begin to sow a field. From the first word I speak until the last hug when they drift off to sleep, I am planting seeds that will either produce beautiful, healthy, desirable fruit ... or scrawny, withered, colorless fruit that is rejected by everyone. I have a choice to water the crops with lean, fresh, living water, or drown them with stagnant, filthy water that will erase all chances of producing life. And the result of my choices ... every teeny tiny one and every incredibly significant one ... will be seen, by everyone, when it is time to reap the harvest.
Do not be deceived ... a man reaps what he sows.
If I want to produce a 'crop' of children who are kind, respectful, strong, godly, thoughtful, hard working, self-controlled, tender-hearted, wise, gentle, loving, and willing to sacrifice for the needs of others, then I must be sowing those very seeds into their young hearts every time I am with them. I need to water them with God's Word, and let the truth of Scripture cause the maturity and growth that comes from time spent with the Father. Just as a farmer walks through his fields checking each row, making adjustments as needed, I must be looking past the actions of my children to see the condition of their hearts ... taking each weakness, flaw and need to the Lord in prayer, trusting Him to make the adjustments needed to produce the beautiful fruit I so desire to see.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
What a wonderful promise the Lord shows us in this verse! But there is one little word that cannot be missed, or ignored: if.
As we plant and sow our fields - whatever they may be - we WILL reap a harvest at the right time. And here is where it all hangs in the balance ...
we do not give up.
A farmer who sows a field and then slowly begins to neglect it - because he is tired, bored, pulled in too many directions, loses interest, or becomes frustrated with the endless tasks that are a part of tending the field - he will be a farmer who has a dead, withered, pointless crop when the harvest comes.
The Christian life is DAILY. It is hard. It is challenging.
Motherhood is daily. Hard. Challenging.
Everything that makes up life brings difficult moments, battles to fight, hurdles to jump. And with them, the temptation to meet them in our own strength, and respond to them in our flesh.
But God promises - He PROMISES - that when we ignore self and choose the Savior, sowing seeds of righteousness and truth, we will reap eternal life. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
And even on our hardest days ... is there anything we desire more than spending eternity in the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords?
I am tired. I am weary. And if I am honest, there are times I do want to give up and let every other runner in the race pass me by, not caring if I ever cross the finish line. And then the Lord has a friend send me an e-mail which just happens to contain the exact verse I need to force me to tighten my laces, stretch my legs, and start running once again.
Because the truth is ... no matter how hard it is to stay in the race, I DO want to finish. And I want to finish WELL.
Though I grow weary,
I will not give up!
Not only so I can so I can hear my Savior say, "Well done, good and faithful servant," but so I can be faithful and obedient to fulfill my part of this encouraging Scripture, and enjoy the blessings that follow obedience.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Right now, the people to whom God is giving me the opportunity to 'do good' - are my children.
And I am going to keep planting seeds that are worthy of the upward calling of Christ Jesus, because the only fruits I want to see in my children,