Karma - Six - We Reap a Full and Good Harvest pt. 2



Galatians 6:9-10

9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Anyone who has ever planted a garden knows that you can't plant it and then forget it. If so, very little will come from the planting because of the many forces that work against a good harvest. A good garden requires continuous labor and care in order to reap a good abundant harvest. In the context of a healthy spiritual life and the growth of our faith the force that comes against us is of course Satan. And because the presence of Satan and his demonic forces of evil, with every opportunity for good there is always the problem of an aggressive opposition. This is true not only in the spiritual world but in the physical world as well. Whether we are sowing the seed of God’s Word in the soil of human hearts or simply sowing seed in one’s garden in the backyard we are faced with opposition.


Mark 4:14-20

The sower sows the word. And these are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. And in a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, and the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it, and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.

Protect the Seed - Pull the Weeds


We must protect the seed we have sown by pulling out the weeds that represent the evil that the enemy has intended for you and all the good seed you have planted. When we have shown that we will protect our good seed by uprooting, exposing and destroying the evil in our lives God will favor you with the resources we need to reap a harvest from the good seed we have sown. Let's mix our metaphor for minute. In building we are always faced with the need for battling the obstacles and forces of evil. There is story of the prophet Nehemiah when leading the people of Judah AFTER GOD TOLD HIM TO rebuild the destroyed walls of Jerusalem. They had to rebuild the wall “with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon” (Nehemiah 4:1-23). They rebuilt the wall in 52 days, in spite of the fact that that three different enemies began to attack them while they were rebuilding. You have probably asked yourself a few times in life... "How am I going to rebuild my life while I am having to fight for my life? By doing what only you can do - protect the seed by pulling the weeds. Listen to this...

Nehemiah 4:14

"Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."

Here is what you need to know - God will fight your enemies and defeat them before your very eyes. So you do what you do - God will certainly do what God does!


These kind of exhortations and personal challenges are important mostly because of our natural tendency to take a day off or to become discouraged or distracted because of the aggressive actions of the spiritual enemies that stand against us.


Evil sows weeds right while we our sowing good seed.


To complicate matters, he attempts to prevent us from not only sowing good seed but cultivating (pulling weeds and feeding the soil) through the many day to day life challenges that have a way of completely discouraging and derailing us. We don't always recognize immediately what’s happening to the good seed we've sown because it takes time for it to grow. We just have to know that in order to protect the seed we pull the weeds. No matter what - come rain, come shine, good days and bad days. There is no time to get lost in our feelings or emotions. Ask yourself the question... "how does it make you feel to get up and look at all the good seed that has been sown in your life only to see it overrun by weeds? That's right - you won't feel good about it! That's the point - instead losing the whole day, the whole week, the whole month - go out and pull those weeds.

Then you will feel better!!!


Ecclesiastes 11:1 reminds us... “cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.” When will we find it? Oh yeah... after many days. And sometimes we do not see outcomes in this life at all. But we know for certain that "The Lord of the Harvest" will come bring a good outcome.


In the Galatians 6 passage, Paul used two encouragements to help us persevere and to not give up. They are our last two connection points.

9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Connection Point Three - Do Not Lose Heart [enkakeo]


This Greek word means “to act or respond badly, wrongly,” and then “to cease, give up, lose heart, despair.” Paul is encouraging believers to avoid this kind of response or reaction. In using this one word he is saying.... hold on, stand firm, be resolved, don't get lost and washed out by what you are feeling - stay with it. Nothing profound but completely true - Whatever it takes - be all in. God can do anything with you.


Connection Point Four - If We Do Not Grow Weary [ekluo]


This word is used only in the passive voice which points to the impact of something bad or difficult happening in someone's life that causes them to give up. Such as... loss of possession, loss of courage, loss of love, loss of trust, loss of health, hope, and life. It appears that the first word enkakeo talks about the ideas and outcomes of discouragement, or a failure of the will. The second word ekluo focuses on a crisis of faith or failure in spiritual strength.


In regards to both losing hear and growing weary we should know this! Reaping is related to the sowing, not only in the matter of [quality] how good the seed is that we've sown, but speaks also to the [quantity] or how much sown (2 Corinthians 9:6). But the quantity sown is related to the concept of endurance through the long haul. While diligence and perseverance in the present will produce proportionate abundance later, Paul is challenging us to remember that "chill, casual, and whatever" right now will produce proportionate poverty later.

“For in due time” is understood as “in its own time”, and it means harvest time. Harvest time has its own mind and its own time. Or in this context - God's mind, God's time. The time of harvest for our life is God’s appointment not ours, and won't be rushed or delayed by the act or demand of anyone other than Him. But it is important to know this - because He said it, it will come.


A few years ago the AP reported a story about a father and his two children - a boy of eight and a girl of ten years, all good swimmers, who had entered the waters of the Atlantic from the beach at one of the Jersey Shore resorts. When they got out some distance from shore, they became separated and the father suddenly realized his little girl was being carried out to sea by the tide - having his little boy with him made it impossible to get to her. Calmly he called out to her: ‘Mary, I am going to shore for help. If you get tired, turn on your back. You can float all day on your back. I’ll come back for you. Before long, rescue crews and boats were out on the face of the Atlantic Ocean hunting for one small girl, while hundreds of people to whom the news had spread waited and prayed on shore. It was four hours before they found her, she had been washed out miles from land. When rescuers found her she was calmly swimming on her back and not at all frightened. Tears of joy and relief greeted the rescuers with the little girl as they came to land. When asked how she made it she said, ‘Daddy said he would come for me, and that I could float all day, so I swam and floated, because I knew he would come.

“In due time” refers to a right, proper, or a favorable time. The emphasis is on the quality of time and the things that characterize the time as: a time for harvest.


Conclusion

The need is perseverance in sowing. It’s seldom easy, and sometimes we don’t see the fruit of our labors in this life. Hebrews 11:33-39 speaks of those who were severely persecuted for their faith, but they persevered because they looked for eternal rewards as sojourners and pilgrims (check out Hebrews 11:13-16). These, we are then told, “having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,” that is, in this life. A really cool illustration of this truth is found in the life of John Wycliffe (oh, we also have someone at Reunion who works for Wycliffe).


You and I have an English Bible in our possession largely because of a man named John Wycliffe. He was known not only as a builder, producing the first English text of the Bible, but also as a fighter. What a leader! Forty-Four years after he died, his enemies [pope of the Catholic Church] dug up his bones and had them burned publicly and took the ashes and sprinkled them over the Thames River in London. I guess they were thinking... "well, that should do it." They were wrong. The product of his work, the English Bible, is with us today because he did more than fight. He stayed at the task - protecting the seed and pulling weeds!


Wycliffe never saw the fruit of his good seed, but he persevered in faith and we today enjoy the product of his labors. But where does perseverance come from? It comes from knowing God through the Word and leaning on His promises by faith. It ultimately boils down to faith and staying focused on the Lord and His person, plan, promises, and purposes as given to us in Scripture.


Romans 15:4

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Thy hands.






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