March 30 Reflection, Galatians 6:7-10
Galatians 6:7-10 KJV (NIV Link below)
7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Planting and Working
Don’t kid yourself. You can’t grow grapevines from apple seeds. Why, then, would you assume that you could receive Grace through your acts of adherence to the law? Working on your own, in the flesh, only produces the results of the flesh. If you are trying to make yourself acceptable to God, you will always be left with what you already were: someone who means well, but cannot be perfect. A man who is drowning cannot save himself if he can’t swim, and while he is busy thrashing about no one else can save him either. It’s only when he relaxes and trusts an expert swimmer (or else becomes unconscious, effectively having the decision made for him) that his life can be saved. In the same way, it is only by relying utterly and completely upon God in the midst of our helplessness that the Spirit can allow us to flourish.
You reap what you sow. At the end of today’s section Paul returns to the call for community. Sowing to please the Spirit involves performing actions out of love for others, especially the church. This love motivated action has its roots in the grace of God and is cultivated by the Spirit of God. It is sowing by giving of yourself for the sake of someone else, with no thought of personal gain. It is the love of Christ made active and present in your life.
What do you think? What opportunities have you had this week to perform a loving act for someone else? Do you sometimes get weary in doing good? Paul tells us that we need to wait for the proper time to reap the harvest. Do you sometimes get impatient waiting? What does it mean to be a part of the family of believers?