“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Paul, writing to the believers in Galatia (Galatians 6:10)
Can you sense the confidence that comes with the forward-looking promise to the ones who are faithful?
Early this morning I gathered with some guys and we discussed this verse. It was so refreshing to consider the fruitful outcome of “hanging in there”. In previous verses (5:22-23), there’s a picture of the Holy Spirit producing fruit through us, (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). That special fruit isn’t being held for a future picnic on the heavenly lawn, it’s for now. It’s for the mundane places of daily activity that seed-bearing fruit is intended to carry life.
So, if you feel like the only one trying to live faithfully in your office, shop, department, or family, remember:
- As fruit producers, Jesus said we’re the branches not the vine (John 15:5). Nutrition and refreshment come from Him alone, not from within us. We need regular replenishment through time with God and His word.
- Getting together regularly with a few other believers helps us grow, while also being a source of encouragement. If you don’t have support in your life now, pray for God’s provision of some godly, growing friends.
- “Don’t lose heart” – Since Jesus is “Lord of the Harvest” (Matt. 9:38), it’s His master gardening plan. Our part isn’t to make the seeds grow; it’s to faithfully cultivate and pray.
- Lastly, “due season” may prove to come slower than hoped (with the results not readily seen), but it’s still a valid promise of fruit…in time.