Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Keep On Keeping On! Day 8-10

I've been meditating on Galatians 6. Thought I would share it with you all. I have to say that I am enjoying The Message version. Its a new experience for me and I enjoy its translation.

1 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. 2 Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. 3 If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. 4 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. 5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. 6 Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience. 7 Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others - ignoring God! - 8 harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
9 So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. 10Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

Life with Jesus is a journey. Sometimes we can become discouraged with our progress.
We have to remember that in the natural the sowing a reaping process takes months or years. So why do we expect immediate results? I think its because of the society we live in. Everything is instant and immediate.
Kingdom work and disciplines are not always like that. We have to almost imagine ourselves as an oak tree or something to remember that the choices we make today, to partner with God, will be evident in the future.

So, for all those who are weary in doing good, don't give up, and remember you are planting seeds of righteousness for your future and your children's futures.


Jen said...

We must be continually planting seed. That is what ensures our future harvests.
No idle time waiting on a harvest, if we plant constantly, we will reap constantly!

Waiting is tough, so we may as well be busy planting while we wait.
Love you Cheryl

Anonymous said...

Good point Jen, no idle time waiting on a harvest, plant constantly. I like that.

Love you too

Tamera Svanes said...


I can really identify with this. I get so impatient waiting for those seeds to grow.

Thanks for reminding me that I cannot give up or grow weary in doing good.

redeemed diva said...

Touchez! (or however it is spelled). Thanks for the reminder. I REALLY needed that to do.