The Certainty of Reaping

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9)

Doing bad things often brings results quickly. Evil desires are fulfilled in the near time but doing good is not immediately rewarded. A person could look at evildoers and be amazed at the good life they seem to be living. All the things we think we want, belong to those who live by the flesh while those living by the Spirit must wait until eternity to receive.

This long waiting period amid the rewards we see around us may cause us to give up. Heaven seems so far away. “They will say ‘Where is the promise of his coming? Forever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.'” (2 Pet. 3:4) We are often like the Jews who got tired of waiting on Moses. “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” (Ex. 32:1b)

Moses did return, and many were sorry that he did. So shall those who quit sowing good seeds be sorry if they turn from their first love to go back to their evil ways. We must not give up even though we will not receive the prize today. The last day is on its way, and we must not give up or slack off because it is taking longer than we thought. Remember what Peter said about a thousand days is but a day with God, and even that is a stretch since God is not concerned with time in the same sense we are.

Task for Today: Encourage others to keep onward and upward. Listen to their words of encouragement to you. Maintain a relationship with those who are doing the fruit of the Spirit and never slack off. God keeps His promises. He is not slack, just patient. God doesn’t want anyone to die the eternal death, and He tarries that all may have opportunity. Use your time wisely.

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