Reading: Galatians 6: 7-16
Paul opens this section if his letter to the Galatians with two key points. The first is that we reap what we sow. The second is that we must not grow weary of doing what is right. While these two ideas are directly related, each point of emphasis has its own challenges.
We have all experienced the ‘reap what you sow’ concept both with the good we do and with the evil we allow into our lives. When we sow good into the world, we so often receive good in return. For example, when we serve a meal at the local mission, it is good but we are usually the ones mist blessed by it. On a more basic level, when we are kind and loving towards our fellow man they tend to be loving in return. On the other end of the spectrum, when we sow evil by allowing greed, anger, gossip, gluttony, … into our lives, then we hurt both others and ourselves. It is a hard road to only sow good with Satan and his emissaries always working to tempt us.
Paul’s second point is to not weary of doing what is right. As Christians our natural bent in life is to do what is right in the world. It is the example set by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our natural disposition as disciples is to be a servant to those in our lives. Jesus calls for us to die to self so that we can better see the needs of others and to act accordingly. For me this us easiest when the task is simple. I could help an elderly woman to her car with her groceries all day long. The challenge comes when there is risk to ourselves in serving another or in correcting a wrong that is occurring. It can be hard to do what us right over and over. Like Peter we ask, ‘how many times?’ – how many times must I forgive them? How many times must I help the same person? Jesus’answer was a simple ‘forever’ – just as long as God will forgive and love us. Just as long.
May we find strength, grace, love, forgiveness, and encouragement in our saving relationship with Jesus Christ so that we may reap good to build His kingdom here and so that we may not grow weary in our own pursuit of His kingdom in our lives.