TUESDAY, March 24, 2020
Galatians 6: 7-10
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature he will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. There, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
My mother still attends the church I grew up in and whenever I go back to England, I go with her. I have known the rector since I was a teen – first in his role as the Diocesan Youth Worker and then as the rector of our parish. One Sunday, last summer, he preached on this passage. I remember it better than most sermons because, as we left the church, he gave us an index-sized card to take with us – over the past 6 months, it has helped me repeatedly reflect on the significance of the passage and what he said.
There were three main ideas on the card:
1. YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
If we lead sinful lives and turn away from God, or do not let him into all corners of our lives, we will reap only what that life can give us – unhappiness, dissatisfaction, corruption, and a permanent feeling that we want more. However, if we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit and invest in what is eternal, we will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
2. DO NOT GIVE UP.
Living a Christian life can be tiring and doing good can be exhausting. Constantly giving can drain us and sometimes we feel our efforts are not appreciated or noticed and we wonder if it is worth it. Paul gives us encouragement to keep going regardless because we will ultimately see the reward and that reward will be far better than anything we might imagine. This is often most true in our prayer life – we should not stop praying to God – he may not answer immediately or in the way we want, but he will answer if we have faith.
3. LET US WORK FOR THE GOOD OF ALL.
In the words of John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
In this Lenten season, we are encouraged to reflect, pray and fast from food or certain activities. It is my goal this Lent to use this time to:
1. Reflect on what I am sowing in my life – what areas of my life are in line with God’s plans and which areas do I need to work on giving up to him. We cannot hide from him, but we do sometimes look through rose-colored glasses and think we are better than we are.
2. Make time in my life to rest and spend more intentional time with God – if I am not to give up on this journey, I need to rest physically and strengthen myself spiritually through quiet time spent in prayer and study.
3. Find new ways to fulfill the words of John Wesley. Doing good does not have to involve big actions that are seen by lots of people. Doing good to as many people as possible involves small intentional actions each and every day.
I invite you to do the same.