As with all Bible verses, we should always remember the context in which they were included. With today’s verse, the entire section reads: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
In other words, we should continue to do good because God rewards us for the life we’ve lived. It isn’t about stacking up all the good works we can do. It’s about following Jesus in all we do, understanding that Jesus will put more than enough opportunities in our paths to do those good works for Him…and blessing us.
It means that, in a divided America, we stand up for what we believe without demeaning the person who believes differently. It means that we look for opportunities to do kind things for family, friends, and strangers all. It means that we get to celebrate good times and have fun without either being goody-goody or wading into impropriety. It means we get to understand others’ faults (because we have them too) without tolerating or encouraging them.
All these things and so much more fall under “doing good.” We live in ways that walk away from sin and things opposing God because, when we don’t, we will reap the consequences. So much more, when we walk Jesus’ walk, we reap His blessings.
This is all perfect to mention today because it’s my wife’s birthday. She’s the best example I know of someone who dedicates her every day to doing the most good. Sure, she isn’t perfect; none of us are. But she has learned to train her thoughts, her words, her actions to model the faith in Jesus that she studies every day. Faith is a practical matter for her. It’s not just something she says: it’s something she does.
Now and forever, Jesus is using Kim to reap a harvest of souls: people who see her faith in Him and think, “I want to be like her.” That’s the context in which I’ll live through today. Like my birthday Hunnie. Like Jesus. Like how I want to be.
For further reading: Job 42:12, Psalm 126:5, 1 Corinthians 15:58, 2 Corinthians 4:1, Hebrews 12:3, Revelation 2:10, Galatians 6:10
Lord, thank You for my wife and her new trip around the sun. And just thank You.
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