We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Hannah Puder.
“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 6:9-10
We’ve all heard the phrase, “You reap what you sow,” or sometimes people call it “karma.” But let’s break that concept down a little in light of our passage from Galatians.
Reaping what you sow is a Biblical law, established in Genesis 8:22: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (NIV).
The original Hebrew translates the word “seedtime” as both “seed” and “time,” implying that after a seed is sown, it takes time before a harvest manifests.
We see this principle at work in when we take time to develop a new skill in Crossfit. If one wants to learn how to do handstand walks, it doesn’t happen by accidentally stumbling upon a handstand walk one day. Instead, it takes hours (time) of intentionally drilling that skill (sowing the seed) before one can pop into a 100m handstand walk in a WOD (the harvest)
EVERYTHING in our life operates off the law of seed, time, and harvest.
The same law applies to our spiritual lives. Whatever area of our life that we see a weakness or lack of “skill,” we need to discipline ourselves to drill that skill till we see it manifested in our lives.
Just like with handstand practice, we will face periods of testing when we fail to see the product of our hard work. That testing period produces endurance, which matures us as believers (and as athletes!).
So be encouraged! Stay steadfast in drilling your spiritual weakness because a harvest is on the horizon: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12: 1-2, NKJ).
Holy Spirit, thank you for the work you are doing in my life. Show me areas of my spiritual walk that I need to mature and develop. Help me to stay faithful to sow good seed and thank you for the harvest that you have promised in Galatians 6:9. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What spiritual “skills” do you need to develop and mature in? Maybe you want to learn how to effectively pray or how to study the Word. Set aside intentional time to work on whatever area you want to grow in. Look up resources to coach you along the way. And most importantly, check out what the Word says about the skill you are wanting to grow in.
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