These past few weeks have been stressful ones swamped with big assignments and readings. It’s been hard for me to take time out to do my bible readings, but from now on I’ll strive harder to do devotionals. Galatians 6 centres around doing good to others, but being careful of not succumbing to corruption and evil when trying to restore someone to do good. What does doing good constitute? It means prompting someone when they are participating in wrongful and sinful acts, carrying your own load, helping those around us, loving our neighbours, and keeping a positive mindset. In difficult and overwhelmingly busy times like these it can be easy to lose faith and hope. It is my prayer that after reflection on this bible reading I can restore my motivation to complete school work, and also be inspired to do good to all.
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. Galatians 6: 8-9.
Verse 7 reminds us that God cannot be mocked, and a man reaps what he sows. If we are slanderous, gossipy, fake and uncompassionate people, we will reap destruction. If we invest our time and ourselves in self-deprecating activities like viewing images or videos we should not, in gossiping and spreading rumours about others, in complaining and surrounding ourselves with a bubble of negativity, we will reap nothing. No harvest for Christ and no advancement in our relationship Jesus. Yet, those who ‘sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.’ How do we sow from the Spirit? By sharing the Word of God to people we meet, by being fearless in our pursuit of others. This is often easier said than done – and some people will plainly have no interest in hearing what he have to say, but God is faithful in that the harder we try, the more fruitful our results. My mother unfailingly and repeatedly ministered to my Grandmother over a period of 7 years. Originally, she was hardened against God, having gained a firm belief in Buddhism at an early age. Her fear of deviating from this religion and the constant customs and traditions she practiced dissuaded her from Christianity. Yet, over the years, my grandmother’s heart was softened and she began to realise the love, warmth and care God holds for us. Now she is extremely active in church, and has a group of supportive, encouraging and kindly Christian ladies by her side. After reading this passage I can only hope that I will develop and possess the courage that my mother showed. May the grace of God guide me down righteous paths and give me opportunities to do good to all people.