Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 24th, 2018
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 (NRSV)
Every farmer knows basic, foundational principles whereby he will reap a harvest. These are built in to creation. Yes, there is much hard work. But, the farmer doesn’t stop when he gets weary. He keeps on doing the work of the fields because a harvest is coming. Serving the Lord in faithful obedience is like that. Don’t quit now!
Cranberries are native to Canada’s Atlantic provinces, where they grow wild and are sometimes known as “marsh apples.” Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of this tart red fruit. Canadian cranberries are harvested in early to mid-autumn, when they have ripened to a glossy, deep red. Berries that are to be sold fresh are harvested dry. To harvest cranberries for processing, however, the grower floods the bog to a depth of several inches and a mechanical beater knocks the berries into the water.
The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. The Bible gives us clear instructions on how to live for Christ in the long term, and the Holy Spirit fills us and equips us to stay in the race to the finish line. The results of consistent Christian living, of living a life of holiness and integrity is clearly spelled out in Galatians 6:9, “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” Paul doesn’t tell us exactly what the harvest is, but in other cases the Bible speaks of the harvest of souls and a spiritual harvest in our own lives of the fruit of the Spirit. When our lives are connected to Jesus Christ, we can count on Him producing the fruit that blesses us and others. There are days of discouragement when we are tempted to pack it in and give up on the Christian life. On those days, Jesus draws close to encourage us and equip us for the battle. Tap into His life giving Spirit and keep pressing on. The harvest is coming.
These have been words from the heart.