Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul
By Mark Buchanan
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10
Sometimes I get jealous. I know this nice couple that are not Christians, have no kids and are very successful by the world’s standards. They decided on a whim to go on a weekend trip today and enjoy the foliage. They have the money and flexibility to do this and my first emotion was to be envious. My weekend is packed full of ministry and family responsibilities. It is not that I can never go away, but it has to be planned months ahead. Yet, as I whine like a baby in my heart, God reminds me that I reap what I sow. If I am constantly sowing for my own pleasure and my own comforts, there will not be the harvest God has purposed for me.
Buchanan makes the profound point that not only do we get out what we put in, but in the power of the Holy Spirit, our harvest is multiplied. It is a privilege to make the choice to sow into my children’s lives. It is an honor to sow into countless people’s lives in ministry. It can be tiring. And it can be disappointing. But it is always worth it when God brings the harvest. Every Christian is called to steward what God has given him/her for the kingdom. It is painful to plant. It is dirty and hot and not usually rewarding to plant seed. As you work in the garden, sweating under the hot sun, you might be jealous of the person sitting in a lawn chair and sipping lemonade. Yet, we are called to take what God has given us and sow it with great generosity.
Is the harvest worth it? You bet it is. When I look at my children and think about how blessed I am to be their father. When I get to baptize a new believer and see what God has done in his or her life. On Sunday nights when I get to see a bunch of teens talking about God’s Word. This is harvest time and it causes an overflowing gratefulness to God in my heart. Over the years I have seen God bring such a huge harvest from my meager work. Make no mistake about the fact that it is God’s harvest. I just get to see it grow and celebrate His goodness and faithfulness. Yes, it is worth it. Go ahead and take your weekend trips and pursue pleasure at all costs. I am getting back to work. For harvest is right around the corner.
Are you in a sowing time or harvest time in your life? What has God done with your sowing? What do you have to be thankful in your life?