DAY 29 - GALATIANS
April 6, 2023
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
The principle is “a man reaps what he sows,” and now the promise is “In due season we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Behind this promise is a peril: getting weary in the work of the Lord and then eventually fainting and stopping our ministry. How easy it is for us to work for the Lord but permit the spiritual motivation to die. Like the priests of Israel that Malachi addressed, we serve the Lord but complain “Behold, what a weariness is it” (Malachi 1:13). So what can cause us to become weary? It is possible to “faint” because of lack of nourishment and prayer. “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). If we try to keep going without proper food and rest and time with the Spirit, we will lose the spiritual motivation that comes from the Spirit.
The promise Paul gives here in Galatians 6:9 also helps us to keep going. The seed planted does not bear fruit immediately. There are seasons to the soul just as there are seasons to nature, and we must give the seed time to take root and bear fruit. The Lord of the harvest is in charge of the harvest!
And then in verse 10 Paul reminds the church: as we do good to all people, we must give priority to the “family of believers.” Essentially, we share with other believers so that all of us might be able to share Jesus with a needy world. As we abound in love for one another, we overflow in love for all men (1 Thessalonians 3:12). This is how the local church is designed (by God) to function.
1. Are you becoming weary in doing good or have you lost the spiritual motivation to do good? Ask the Holy Spirit to sustain you and strengthen you and provide His power.
2. Ask God to prompt you and use you to do good for your “family of believers."