“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
All throughout our area we are seeing various harvests. Soon we will see the corn choppers changing our front yard view looking as though the field gets a crew cut when the 10 feet tall corn is cut and chopped down to the stub. Another neighbor is harvesting his field tomatoes which will go into sauces. Produce stands are probably at their peak of variety. Brooksyne just bought a peck of juicy peaches at the Seyfert’s Orchards in Lebanon County. We will now see various harvest activities through the fall.
The Bible uses the harvest as an analogy of our service for Christ and His Kingdom. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (9:37,38).
All of us living for Christ are called to impact the world around us for His cause. Husbands and wives are to demonstrate unity in their love for one another. Parents are to raise their children in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ministers are to “preach the word”.
Yet we at times wonder if we are making any significant difference since the harvest we see may be sparse. Some do not have a marriage characterized by love and unity. Some have children who reject the Lord. There are ministers who faithfully “preach the Word” yet see little receptivity.
The perspective we must have is the future harvest promised in Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
We do at times become weary in doing good, don’t we? The apostle Paul knew the Galatian believers were growing weary and encouraged them to keep on keeping on for the future harvest. In our “instant gratitude” society we especially have difficulty waiting for “the proper time” for God’s blessings to be revealed. Our mindset is more like a lot of commercials selling high priced items on credit, interest free for the first year. They appeal to customers who have the attitude, “I want it and I want it now”, rather than save up money for a future purchase.
At times our lives just don’t seem to be making much difference from our visual perspective. But Paul reminds us that, “at the proper time we will reap a harvest”. That “proper time”, (“due season” in the KJV) will most assuredly come. Fret not, dear friend! Your life, lived for Christ, is making a difference.
Remember this very important truth: unlike farmers who expect a harvest at the end of each season of planting, our harvest will not be fully realized on this side of heaven. The harvest will only be fully revealed after we have pulled up the stakes from our earthly dwelling here on earth. So hang on, dear friend, the half has not yet been told!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne WeberDaily Prayer: Father, like Paul who desired that his kinsmen not be destroyed by their sin of unbelief, we too bear a burden for our fellowman that they come to repentance and find salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord. Jude warns us that there will be mockers in the last time who walk according to their own ungodly lusts. We see it with our eyes and it is evident in the news every day. But we are encouraged in our witness knowing that salvation is available to any mocker or unbeliever who turns to you in repentance. Jesus is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved so we proclaim Him who lived among the people, was sacrificed for our sins, was buried and rose on the third day. How we pray that the life of Christ might resonate through our lives so that others might see Jesus in us. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray for a plentiful harvest in declaring the gospel through our witness and our lives. Amen.