Verses 7-10: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Some days, you just want to do for yourself, huh? After all, who is taking care of you?
I talked to a young person recently who is learning the life of servanthood. She said “I’m learning that when you choose to live a life where you serve people, they don’t give back – they just keep taking.” It takes a lot to continue to be humble and not lash out. After all, when we figure out the right way to live, shouldn’t everyone live this way? Mutual service should have a “mutual” component to it, right?
Paul understood this. He said “don’t grow weary”… keep your eyes on the prize. He also knew how to keep his eyes on the Source. We are perfectly incapable of serving others selflessly in our own strength (at least I am). We need Jesus’ strength to be able to see people the way He does, and to be able to love them the way He does.
The Christmas crowds and Christmas rush have a way of stretching everyone to their breaking point. Those around us are already on their last bit of emotional energy this week, and might have crossed over into down-right snappy. The delightful thing is that we have an infinite Source of Joy, Love and Peace. Just a few minutes with Jesus can help you gain that selfless grasp of life again so that you can return to the fray ready to serve with His love.