Continued from here.
Congratulations! You made it to the end of the verse! While this process can seem tedious, I hope you can also see the value of meditating on God’s Word – of truly “chewing” it and digesting it until it becomes a part of who you are. Only one more phrase to go!
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
In my last blog entry, I talked about the importance of the word if. If we don’t allow ourselves to become weary in doing good, God promises to send us a blessing at a future time. That promise is conditional on us not giving up. If we allow ourselves to grow weary enough that we give up doing good, then we’ll miss out on the harvest that our seeds have sown. Once we give up doing good, we remove the trigger that releases the promised blessing, so we never receive it. What a shame to have built up a huge harvest that you never get to enjoy because you gave up.
James 1:2-4 sheds some light on why we miss out on harvests that we have accrued when we give up before the harvest comes “at the proper time:”
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
God wants us to grow up! Jesus did not die on the cross for you to stay a baby Christian for your entire life on earth. He wants you to mature! The Bible tells us that we become mature through perseverance. How does perseverance finish its work? You can only persevere by having to wait for your blessings to come. The key to developing perseverance is never, ever giving up, NO MATTER WHAT!
Perseverance is a choice that (sadly) most people don’t choose. They do good for a while, but when they don’t see the harvest coming, they become weary and give up. Because they give up, the blessing never comes, and they grow angry toward God, never seeing that it was their own choice of not persevering that stopped the harvest.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace closing her eyes and clenching her fist, saying, “The struggle is real.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]