“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.”
– Galatians 6:9
I have always loved to cook. There were many nights when our family would join forces in the kitchen and share the good times of good fun and good food. One of my favorite dishes to make is risotto. It’s a rice dish with added herbs and spices that must be cooked slow, low and with constant stirring. If you get too tired and don’t “stir the pot” slowly and consistently, you won’t get good creamy and tender risotto.
We often get tired of doing what is good because it just wears us down and takes too long to see any benefit. We “give” but we usually get “taken”. We help, but we often get hurt.
Paul reminds the Christ-followers of Galatia that their work of planting good seed will produce a good harvest.
A Work Of Purpose. Engaging in “good” provides an example of our “Good God”. It’s “shining” our light in darkness so others can see the Savior. Matthew records Jesus’ words, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.” (Matt 5:16). Our “good works” are seen in how we value others with our word, our actions and our instruction. Paul reminds a young pastor, Titus, “Show yourself in all regards to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity and dignity.” (Titus 2:7). Hone into your purpose.
A Work Of Perseverance. Paul reminds us that a natural tendency is to “give up” or to “grow weary”. It’s safe to say that “doing good” can wear us down and wear us out . . . it will cost us effort and energy. Staying on course may require sacrificing our convenience. The writers of Hebrews gives us some insight, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Heb 13:16). Hold on and persevere.
A Work Of Promise. Paul writes, “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Gal 6:9). It’s persevering for the promise. Humorist Fannie Flagg wrote, “Don’t give up before the miracle happens.” We reminded to keep watching our Winner, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.” (Hebrews 12:2). Norman Vincent Peale said, “It’s always too soon to quit”. Hang on for the promise.
A wise writer penned these words, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” Let’s find a way to “stir the pot” of good words, good works and a good walk.