Fall is a time of change: change of weather, change of leaves, and even the clothing we wear changes. It is also a time of year when we look back over the spring and summer months and give thanks to God for his hand in providing for us. In America we have turned the act of thanksgiving into a festive holiday that far too often focuses on ourselves rather than on God or those in need. Galatians 6:9-10 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
On thing that I have found in my own life is that starting something new is easy; it is developing the discipline to keep it going that is difficult. Most of us probably do something charitable for others during the holiday season: donate money, food, clothing, or offer a helping hand. That is great, but Paul exhorts us not to grow weary of doing good. It’s not just something we should do one time a year, but something that should happen daily.
The hard part of doing good is the reality that most of us have been “burned” by someone we have helped. What I mean is that we went out of our way to help someone in need and ended up being offended by their ungratefulness, lack of self-discipline, or rudeness. If you are like me, your emotions can get the best of you, and in the mist of the situation, you declare, “I’ll never do this again!” The experience did not live up to our expectations, so we simply avoid doing anything like it again. Paul’s exhortation is important for all of us. Additionally he says we will reap, if we do not give up.
As you approach Thanksgiving, flip on the switch in your brain that says now I need to thank God and give to others. Let’s remember that we should be on the look out for opportunities to do good. Paul’s words here should not be taken lightly, because there is a promise here in the scripture: for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. As the harvest of crops draws to an end here in our area, let us consider the spiritual harvest we will reap, if we do not give up. If you are on the edge of giving up, remember Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” He has not given up on us!
-Pastor Corey Mitchell