Don't be misled - you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone - especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:7-10
We will reap the harvest of blessing if we don't give up. If we don't give up. Don't give up. I can never tell if I just look back on previous times with a lens of nostalgia over my memories or if our world is actually getting progressively worse. It always seems like things were never as bad as they are now. School shootings one week. A murder the next. Terrorism. Refugees. Racism. Name games. Pride. Anger. Greed. Selfishness everywhere. It breaks my heart with each new realization that our world sucks. There is so much hurt and sadness and brokenness and we're too busy calling each other out to realize that we are all part of the problem.
What if we all start being part of the solution. Let's all take a minute to step off our high horse and lay our hearts out there for the sake of other people. In this passage, Paul lays it out there - what goes around, comes around. That phrase often gets used in a negative context. You cut me off on my commute to work, well, what goes around, comes around, buddy. You spoke to me rudely at the checkout counter, what goes around, comes around, lady.
Take a second to think about it. What goes around, comes around. What if what goes around is goodness. Grace. Kindness. Patience. Compassion. Empathy. Forgiveness. What will come around, then? Well, goodness will come around. And grace, and kindness, and patience, and compassion, and empathy, and forgiveness. The trouble is that we often give up before we reap the harvest.
So just a friendly reminder, for us all, that we should never get tired of doing what is good. Because if we do good, then good will come around. And we all know that our world could use a little bit more of that these days.