Grace in Harvest

This week’s Scripture Galatians 6: 6-10 New International Version (NIV)

6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 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. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

When I built my first family room, I received a great gift. That gift was the admonition of Dave McIntosh when he said, “Preparing to build is half the task.” I was like alot of do-it-yourselfers in that I wanted to take off and start building. Dave helped me discover the task of surveying the need, estimating the removal of obstacles and then start the building.  Today the 525 square foot family room sits beautifully on the property and my son, Erik, maintains his home in that house.

Paul has done the same thing for the Galatians and for us.  He has warned us that half measures or merely serving our innate interests produces a crop of less than perfect fruit.  It becomes such because of several different possibilities. First, there is the possibility of sowing the wrong seed; seed which will produce a bad fruit.  Then the possibility exists that our fainthearted effort at being a farmer will result in half-finished effort.

I’ve started many things in my life which grew difficult because I began with the wrong materials, the wrong motivation or the simply because I was easily distracted. Paul has invited us to take a serious look at the task of love and the complete dedication that it takes to produce a harvest. While forgiveness is an essential element of our life task, so too is dedication. “Don’t grow weary in doing good.”

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