“You reap what you sow” is one of those famous (or infamous) phrases of the Bible. Some people have a visceral reaction to the statement because it was used in the negative sense to keep kids obedient. But the actual context for the statement, while not excluding the need to avoid disobedience, is aimed much more toward the necessity of doing good works for others. In the church’s and the Christian’s work of burden-bearing on behalf of those with crushing loads to carry, we are not to become weary as the walk goes on and on. “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”
The main orientation of the verses is patience and perseverance in the doing of good works. Although it might not seem, at the moment, that our labors are really making a dent at all, God is taking notice. He sees. Eventually, if we will keep up the slow, tedious, and often dull work of persisting in doing what is right, it will all pay-off in a harvest of righteousness.
To be honest, I have struggled with this one in this past week. I want to see things happen and happen now! I’m tired of waiting. I am weary of having the same conversations with people over and over again. I have grown impatient with impenitent people who only seem to think of themselves. Alas, welcome to the human race! The reality is that God cares just as much about the process of attaining a goal as about the goal itself. We need the encouragement of others in our Christian pilgrimage through this life. You and I can do it. Let’s keep going!
Patient God, you have been waiting for several millennia to complete your work in this world. It is a small thing for me to keep doing your will with perseverance over the span of my own lifetime. I look to my model, Jesus Christ, who for the joy set before him endured the cross and reaped eternal life for all who would believe. Amen.