“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Well this week has just started off as a complete disaster, and for the last little bit this verse has been sticking with me. This is the verse that my parents chose for me when I was born. The thing that sticks out to me about this verse is the fact that Paul addresses the fact that doing good is tiring. Heck ya it is! There are a lot of moments where it is so much easier to just do whatever, casting away all cares as to what would be considered good or wise; however, there is no benefit to that. Sometimes we try to do our best and it doesn’t seem to be enough. It wears a person after a while of trying and failing to meet certain expectations as to what is good enough. But here Paul reminds us to not become tired of doing good and to not give up.
“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:8
Life isn’t fair. I have lost count as to how many times that statement has been told to me. As much as I hate to admit it, they are true as can be. Because life isn’t fair it can become challenging to respond rather than react to certain situations we find ourselves in. The question that needs to be asked is what am I planting? The verse basically says that if I do things to please me then I will receive the fruit of that, which in the end is destruction. Doing things for myself only brings temporary satisfaction. However, if I choose to follow the Spirit, the guide given to us by God, and I do what is perceived to be wise, or good so to speak, then it says my reward is eternal life.
“And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” Luke 6:33
Ouch! Isn’t it so much easier to be nice to people who reciprocate? It really hurts to have to take the high road sometimes and be nice to people who have we deemed to be undeserving of our kindness (for one reason or another.) And this is why it gets tiring to do good! There is so much more work involved to be nice, or do good, but it is a relief to know that God recognizes this. He sees our hurt and pain, He understands that it is not the most pleasant thing to be gracious to some people, and He walks us through. He renews us when we are low on “goodness juice”, or when we have been hurt and have no desire to show love. Yet, Jesus said to love our ennemies and to show mercy because he loved us in and showed us mercy in our dark state; undeserving of either. Luke 6:35-36
“If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.” Proverbs 25:21-22
Hate doesn’t beat out hate, bad doesn’t defeat bad, it is when we choose to follow God and His Spirit that we are able to overcome moments where we don’t always want to do good, or be kind. We all make mistakes, we all hurt each other in some way, but what makes us different when we are followers of Christ is that we respond to our injustices and our “enemies” with love. No matter how hard, or how tiring, doing good will prevail in the end. What I can’t see now, I have faith and trust that God will fulfill his promises that I will reap good fruit, and like Galatians 6:9 says, it will be in its season.
So don’t grow tired of doing good because soon enough you will see the fruits of your labour and they will be – good.