Our scripture this morning is Galatians 6:7-10.
“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.”
We seem to think that if no one sees it, it didn’t happen. Paul tells us plainly that our Heavenly Father sees everything and “you cannot mock the justice of God” (v. 7). He isn’t hovering over our shoulders waiting for us to mess up, but because He is always with us, nothing escapes His notice.
There are consequences for sin, not always immediately apparent, but we are responsible for what we do. We are told that “those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life” (v. 8), which is the blessing of seeking God and obeying His will. However, there is help and forgiveness when we fall if we repent.
Paul sums it up well in verse 9, saying “let’s not get tired of doing what is good”. God is always there, reaching out to each of us. If we accept God’s love through Christ’s sacrifice for us, we are called to be like Jesus ourselves, sharing the blessing of our relationship with Him with the world.
Loving Lord, we are sorry for our failure to love as You have shown us. Help us to be Your people, carrying the Good News everywhere. Amen.