Christianity, faith

Harvesting

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.” Galatians 6:9-10

My husband and I spent the day yesterday planting our garden. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this time of year! I love to have my hands in the dirt planting the veggies we will enjoy later this summer and fall. Spending the time early in the mornings watering them…brings me so much joy. The funny thing is, I’m not normally this type of person. I watched my parents plant gardens as I grew up but didn’t enjoy them all that much my self. One-I was young and just didn’t know better and Two-my dad took all that extremely seriously-I’ll get into stories about all that another time.

The need to plant your own food and harvest them has been a necessity from the beginning of time. It is a way of life that, for many in this country, has been lost. We may be able to plant our little gardens but would we be able to plant and harvest enough to support our family?  Even more important…are we planting the seeds for God’s Kingdom?

It’s only over the past few years that I’ve realized how extremely important this is. And not just because it’s important to God, it’s important to me. As the motto for Church Unlimited (pastored by Bil Corneilus) says “I want to bring as many people to Heaven with me before I die. Period.” How awesome is that motto? Straight and to the point. I love it. And even better than that-I get it. Regardless of how I feel about someone, I want them to go to heaven.

The Scripture above tells us that we need to continue to do good, that in ‘due season we will reap, if we do not give up.’ We need to continue show the love, grace and mercy of Christ to all those around us. Don’t give up. Don’t get lazy with it…We may not see in our lifetimes the effect of our works but God does. God knows whose heart is beginning to soften. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop sharing what God has done in your life to those you love. I know, my friend, how hard it is to wait but His timing truly is perfect. I continue to see the work He is doing in the lives of those I love.

And that is what the next part of this scripture says; it tells us to do good to everyone, every chance we have, especially to those in the body of Christ. Please note that it states…EVERYONE. It can be all too easy to concentrate on the ‘those in the body of Christ.’ We need to share with ALL those around us. As I stated in one of the posts last week, I can be a bit dense to opportunities to be a blessing to someone. With that fact in mind, I specifically ask God to show me, to make obvious to me, who I can be a blessing to.

The aspect of being a blessing can come in many forms. Sometimes it will be giving a kind word to someone. Other times it may be assisting someone in buying something-whether it be a meal or something that they are in need of…maybe driving someone home. Ask God to guide you and He will make it plain to you.

My biggest difficulty is sharing the Gospel. I don’t have a problem talking…it seems that is a new thing of mine-talk, talk, talk. Especially in certain circumstances-like Bible study. But, I can have difficulty on expressing the Gospel appropriately. I tend to feel like I’m leaving out some type of important aspect. This is something that the pastor at my new church has thankfully addressed a few times. Share, share, share-we’re human and we will make mistakes. And that’s OK. God will handle the rest.

So, here’s to a week of being BOLDER in our faith! Share, share, share! I will too. Let me know how you do.

With Lots of Love and in Jesus’ precious name.

Tara

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