“So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9 CSB)
Harvesting takes a lot of energy. The only thing that takes more energy is the work of actually getting to the harvest. There has to be ground preparation, fertilization, sowing of seed, weed control, and adequate water. Much hard work, time, and effort must go into the preparation of the harvest.
When we think about the church and how this metaphor applies, we recognize its validity. The problem is that we sometimes put so much effort into the preparation for growth without seeing much harvest that we can conclude that nothing much is happening. The reality is just the opposite. We thus need to keep on working and working hard, knowing that God is also working in the ways that He needs to work and will ultimately bring us to the time of harvest.
The point Paul makes to us in this text is that we need to keep on working, even when it appears we may not be making that much progress. We need to keep on doing the preparation, the fertilization, to seed sowing, the weed control, and the water application, trusting God to give the harvest when it is His time to do so.
Lord, we thank You for the harvest that will come. Strengthen us as we continue to work toward it. Amen.