Monday, February 16
Gardening and Growing – part 3
To everything, turn, turn, turn … there is a season, turn, turn, turn and a time for everything under heaven.
There is a season when that which is planted comes up. It takes time to see the fruit of our choices. It requires patience and vision. Patience in that I must wait and not lose heart. Vision in that I must keep a vision of a preferred future when the fruit comes in the house.
I am not sure we are better off in an information age vs. an agriculture age. The further we get from the soil the more we forget that things take time. Fruits and veggies take time. Relationships take time. Spiritual growth takes time. Good things take time.
The clear temptation in doing what it good and right is losing sight of the outcome and thus losing heart.
Hold on, there is a season and we will reap if we do not give up. Hold on.
As you read this morning, pray for ears to hear the Scripture. You’ve read this passage possibly 3x now. Meditate on the words. See what you missed the first couple of times. Enjoy it like a good cup of coffee or a hot tea.
Read: Galatians 6:7-10
7Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up. 10So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.
Do you have any people you have given up on? Every gotten weary in loving someone?
Why do we lose heart and give up? What causes that? How would a clear picture of the end help set your priorities?
How long range is your vision of what God is doing in your life right now? Specifically, can you see how your actions today are producing an eternal weight of glory when you stand before Jesus? Can you see Him commending you with, “Well done good and faithful servant”?
Think through that. Picture it. Him on his throne, you at His feet, Him giving you a crown and you entering eternity with him and other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you weary in the fight? Do you need encouragement? Reach out to another believer today and ask for prayer and encouragement.
Has God put anyone in your mind that needs you to continue to do good toward? A parent, a child, a friend, co-worker, fellow believer, pastor, neighbor or enemy? Commit that person to the Lord in prayer. What 1 thing will you do for 1 person this 1 week?