We Harvest What We Plant
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. 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 6:1-10 NLT)
The Book of Galatians, which is found in the New Testament, comes from a letter written by the Apostle Paul. Paul writes to the Galatians to help settle a divided issue in the Galatian Church: If the Galatians should give up their freedom in Christ in order to serve the Law of Moses once again? And in doing so, Paul uses the story of Abraham, who was alive during the time when Law of Moses was administered, to show how his faith in Christ was more justified than the decrees in the Law of Moses.
In this verse, Paul tells the Galatians (as well as us) that we harvest what we plant. In other words, helping those who have sinned, through humility and kindness, without falling into temptation, we are fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. Not boasting about our work, because we are not that important than anyone else, makes us responsible for our own conduct. And most importantly, not getting tired from performing good deeds will reward us with a harvest of blessings in our lives.
There are benefits from each act, which Paul describes!
When we help one another, shouldering each other’s burdens, while pleasing the Lord, we are actually planting seeds of everlasting life in Heaven. So, when it does come time to harvest our crops, we will reap a harvest of blessings for ourselves and for others too. Remember what Paul says,
“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 this week, plant seeds of everlasting life in Heaven. Help one another, so your harvest will be filled with blessings!