Wednesday Word 5.09.18

Galatians 6:6-10 New International Version
6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 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. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Don’t kid yourself, you cannot fool God. You cannot deceive him. God knows everything. He knows what you have done, what you have failed to do, he knows your very thoughts. Paul is reminding us of this reality. We may have the very best intentions, but if we spend all our time and resources satisfying our own personal desires, those intentions are meaningless. And we all remember where the road paved with good intentions leads. If we focus entirely on ourselves, we will certainly have a shallow, self-defined existence. “6 All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever,” so says Isaiah in Chapter 40. Ashes to ashes…except for the love of God. That love changes everything.

So, Paul is telling the people of Galatia (and telling us) to keep up our commitment to doing good things in the name of God. We are promised that there will be a harvest for those who take action for the glory of The One who made us. This life will surely pass away. But you and I have the opportunity of living each day with the comfort, peace and hope of knowing that we are loved. What joy to do good things in his name! What joy to share that experience with my fellow believers! And I so want to someday hear God say that he knows I did my best. No fooling….something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki