Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Galatians 6:7-10 A bounteous harvest at just the right time!

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.  Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.  So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:7-10 NLT)

These words are so familiar: you reap what you sow! Haven’t we all heard them or said them? In the current context of my sister Jodi’s condition, and having just come from a wonderful Women’s Retreat weekend, I’m finding some new meaning in these verses. The Bible tells us that we have been placed on Earth for a divine purpose. God has a plan for each of us, and it comes with a “use by” date.

 We are on a journey to our eternal home, and our goal is to arrive there to receive a “Well done, good and faithful servant.” If we have spent our lives focused on our own happiness, pleasure, fame, fortune, ALL of it will be left behind in a heap to be destroyed. But if our life has been about God’s plan and purpose for us, we will have an eternal harvest. The key is perseverance! Note the phrase in verse 9: “...if we don’t give up.”

Jodi has been surrounded this past week by her entire family who flew in to Denver to celebrate her. As I was in the mountains this weekend with Emmy and baby Georgia, the LORD impressed upon me the importance of the legacy we leave. Jodi is even now reaping a harvest of blessing in her family. She has such an amazing abundance in her children, their spouses, and in her MANY grandchildren - 14 natural and 6 married in).

While Emmy and I were standing together during worship, I was holding Georgia, our newest grandchild, and I just thanked God that the strong legacy of faith in Christ is being passed down to the new generations, due to the prayer warriors of generations who went before us. I leaned over and told Emmy, “In twenty years, when you are at retreat, singing praises with Penelope and Georgia, I want you to think about how much it meant to me to be at retreats with my girls.”

God is not mocked! Those who sow to discord and strife, will reap a harvest of bitterness and destruction. Those who sow to self will reap disaster. But those who continue to walk in the grace of God - those who, by HIS power, and strength, walk in the good works He has prepared for us - will reap to eternal life.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV)

Walking in the Spirit will be walking in those good works, listening to His voice through prayer and the study of His Word. If we cling to, abide in Him, we will be able to walk the distance. We will reach the end of our journey to our eternal home with a harvest of abundance! Help us, LORD, to keep our eyes on You alone and to keep on walking, so that when we leave this earth, the harvest left behind for our loved ones will be to Your glory and for their eternal good. Amen!  

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