Work for the Harvest

Are you tired? Have you grown weary? Do you feel as though you need a break? Would you like to take a year off on a tropical island? Have you become lethargic, depressed, and feeling overwhelmed?

The past couple years have worn on nearly all of us. We have been inundated with change upon change upon change. Our minds have been overloaded with information, worry, concern, and confusion. Many of us have experienced long periods of isolation.

Though we have experienced, and continue to experience, a chaotic period in our history, we are still encouraged to do good. Why is this important? First and foremost, when we do good for others, we relieve some of our own fears and concerns. Doing good for others makes us feel good.

Paul tells the church in Galatia to continue doing good and they will reap a harvest. Notice he doesn’t state the harvest comes immediately, but it does come. Doesn’t that make sense? When a farmer plants, the crop doesn’t immediately appear. It requires months of the seed being in the soil, receiving rain and absorbing nutrients from the ground for it to become full grown. Only then can the farmer reap the harvest.

People react in much the same way. We plant a seed as we do good. We water the seed as we continue doing good. As the seed grows within those we are doing good for, a harvest will be reaped when the time is right.

He goes on to say we are to do good to all people, but especially those who are believers in Jesus. In other words, take special care to do for brothers and sisters in Christ. During these times of chaos, it is a time to pull together, pool our strengths, and take care of one another.

I pray we all turn to God for strength. I pray we do not grow weary of doing good for others. I pray each one of us continues to plant and water seeds, looking toward the harvest that will come. Lean on the strength of God. Look toward the harvest. Take care of one another. Come together as believers in Christ.

Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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