Continued from here.
In my last blog entry, we focused on the certainty that whatever God promises must come to pass. Today, we explore what that promised blessing is: we will “reap a harvest.”
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
God promises that we will reap a harvest from doing good, which is one of my favorite promises in the Bible. I previously wrote about the topic of sowing and reaping. It excited me because this principle gives me some measure of control over my life. As a recovering “control freak,” I’m all ears whenever the Bible tells me that I can help bring about Y if I will do X.
Let’s focus specifically on what we are sowing and what we are reaping in this passage. The sowing part is “doing good,” which we already defined as anything God tells us to do in the Bible. Put another way, “doing good” is pretty much anything you do out of love for God or for other people. If you do good, you are sowing seeds that are going to reap a harvest later.
What kind of harvest can we expect to reap? While this one verse does not specify, many other places in the Bible identify harvests you can expect to reap from doing good, such as the fruit of the Spirit. Let’s return to the same passages mentioned in the “doing good” blog entry and identify some of the harvests we can expect to reap:
|Sow “Doing Good”||Harvest|
|Do justly, love mercy, & walk humbly with God||Redemption from slavery|
|Be generous and willing to share||Lay up treasures for yourself and take hold of the life that is truly life|
|Obey authority||Rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit; hope of eternal life|
|Be self-controlled & use sound speech||Those who oppose you will be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about you.|
|Do not withhold good when it is within your power to act.||Prolong your life; peace; prosperity; win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man; enter into God’s confidence.|
|Love your enemies.||Great reward; child of the Most High|
|Provide for urgent needs.||Live a productive life|
|Refrain from paying back wrong for wrong.||Sanctification through and through; whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless|
|Seek peace and pursue it.||Lack no good thing|
I’d say the effort of sowing is worth the harvest we will reap. Do you agree?
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace smiling while running through a field of flowers under the words, “Oh, happy day!” Courtesy Bitmoji.]