Hey Relentless Students! So we are on day 5 of our 30-day Devo. Like the last couple of days, I'm going to share some thoughts on today's passage and end with a challenge for you to partake in.
Today our passage is Galatians 6:9-10 which says,
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."
First, I think to understand what this passage has to offer we have to start in verse 6. Verses 6-8 describe the idea of sowing and reaping. Then in verse 9, we see the term reaping again, so what does that mean?
A farmer when planting his crop and caring for the crop is sowing. When the farmer then harvests his crops what is harvested is what he reaps. Thus, sowing is what we put and reaping is what we get as a result. So, for today's passage where it says "...in due season we will reap...", leading me to ask, what did we sow?
The answer is found above in verse 8 where it says,
"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."
When we put in the effort to be with the Spirit we reap eternal life. Now, there is more than that going here. When we sow into the Spirit and make Him our priority we are doing what is needed for spiritual growth. We spend time in prayer, reading the Bible, and asking questions to those knowledgable around us. Thus, when we sow, we grow and growth becomes evident through the fruit of Spirit.
When the fruit of Spirit becomes evident in our lives it is through our actions that people will see our fruit. Now, our passage today says "let us not grow weary of doing good..." and "...let us do good to everyone..." The good being talked about here comes from the fruit in our life. This means to reap what is spoken of in verse 9, we have to sow into the Spirit and allow Him to work through us to do the good, to show the fruit.
Are you sowing into the Spirit or something else? What is your priority? Do your actions reflect that? Ask yourself these questions and be honest. If you aren't sowing into the Spirit, what is stopping you? If you have decided to sow into the Spirit are you doing what is necessary to grow? and, if you sow in the Spirit are doing good?
The challenge today is to think about the questions above and be real with yourself as you ask them. If you do sow in the Spirit find ways to do good to those around you. Try leaving writing encouraging note to healthcare works, cleaning up the neighborhood during your new-found love of walking outside, or doing some extra cleaning around your house to relieve the stress on your parents.
Dear God, we thank you for today. We thank you for your goodness and for giving us the opportunity to sow into the Spirit. I pray each one of us would sow into the Spirit and make you the priority so that we may grow in you. Thank you for loving us and showing us that love every day. Keep us safe and healthy during this time, it's in your Son's name we pray, Amen.