Galatians 6:8-10

In Galatians 6:8-10 Paul continues to teach on the importance of sowing the right things. If we want to reap to the Spirit, we should not hesitate to sow to the Spirit with whatever resources God has given us. “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” A farmer reaps the same as he has sown. If he plants wheat, wheat comes up. In the same way, if we sow to the flesh, the flesh will increase in size and strength. When we sow to the Spirit – even with material things – what we reap is not necessarily material things, but something better: of the Spirit we reap eternal life.

Guzik writes “This principle has application beyond giving and supporting teachers and ministers. It has a general application in life; what we get out of life is often what we put in. Yet, Paul is not promoting some law of spiritual karma that ensures we will get good when we do good, or always get bad when we do bad. If there were such an absolute spiritual law, it would surely damn us all. Instead, Paul simply relates the principle of sowing and reaping to the way we manage our resources before the Lord.” We may fool ourselves by expecting much when we sow little, but we cannot fool God and the results of our poor sowing will be evident.

As we wisely manage our resources before God under the principle of sowing and reaping, we need patience. This is because the harvest does not come immediately after the seeds are sown. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” It is easy but dangerous to get weary and give up. The phrase translated here was the kind of growing weary like a woman experiences during labor before delivery. It describes a time when the work is hard and painful, but also unfinished and unrewarded. We have to gang in there and keep doing good. We can’t give up.

Paul encourages us to do good to all, but most importantly to those who are in the Body. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Paul spoke to himself here as much as to the Galatians. Because of the danger brought in by the legalists, Paul’s work among them had not yet really been rewarded, so he needed to remember not to lose heart himself. It’s easy to get frustrated and impatient when we don’t see the progress expected or the outcome we desire. But God calls us to do good and leave the results to Him. We’re not in control of that!

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