Over the last fews weeks our men’s morning bible study has been on Galatians. One of many of my favorite verses in Galatians is 6:2-10, and I have enclosed the Amplified versions for expounded context:
2 Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something [special] when [in fact] he is nothing [special except in his own eyes], he deceives himself. 4 But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable [a]without comparing himself to another. 5 For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].
6 The one who is taught the word [of God] is to share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his spiritual and material support]. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap. 8 For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. 10 So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers).
Our conversations varied and I am blessed by the diversity and wealth of knowledge from these men I study with every Wednesday morning.
We spoke to leading, teaching and speaking truth humbly with love and compassion. To bear one another’s burdens. To help one another with compassion, empathy and love. Especially Christians, the widows, the orphans, and down trodden. However not to be pulled down so that we may sin, or be discouraged. As well as to live in the Spirt of God and not of the flesh, to be strong and steadfast and not grow weary in well doing as inevitably it will be the individuals ultimate decision to either accept or deny, to either embrace or turn away, and he or she will have to live with those decisions.
One shared how frustrating it becomes when he has prayed, and he shares the word, and he felt nothings changes. The heart of the person doesn’t seem to change, or it falls on deaf ears. One shared that his heart breaks for a loved one as they are living broken, dwelling in sinful ways, and most likely heading for some destruction.
I pondered our conversations and I know God says His words doesn’t return void. I feel that we are to sow those seeds regardless. In other words we continue to speak His truth with love, and keep doing it over and over again. That we reach out to the lost no matter where they are, nor whom they are, and speak life. Speak love, forgiveness, and redemption in Jesus without judgement.
Sometimes the soil may seem harsh, barren, dry and be of bad soil. I do not have a “green thumb” so I can empathize with trying to plant and grow something. Imagine a time when you tried to plant something in poor soil, or dry, or weed ridden soil. However, we are not the Holy Spirit. God controls the weather, and we are to sow the seeds. He brings the rain, he brings the sun. He also brings the “Son”. At some point, in some time, the soil may very well take, and the seeds grow. We may bring some of our Living Water in the form of God in us through the Holy Spirit once the sprouts come and walk with the person, or people in loving discipleship. Regardless, as believers, we must sow. Again, as Christians, we must sow.
So we sow. And again we sow. So sow, (yes, I like that play on words and the homophone, it’s intentional), and not be weary in well doing. Let God bring the water, let God bring the sun.
And soon the fields will be ripe for harvest!