One of the most important principles, related to doing good in the New Testament is given by Paul in his letter to the Galatians.
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant…. 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. (Galatians 6: 7, 9)
What we may not realize is that this principle comes with at least 9 more “sub-principles”… all REALLY important to keep us on track and to remind us that God is always fair and that He always wants what’s best for us. Because sometimes we forget that this principle is about doing good but it’s also affects us when we do wrong.
So, what are these “sub-principles” that help us understand this spiritual law?
- You always harvest what you plant. Make sure you read this carefully. It has the word ALWAYS in it. So, it’s not sometimes, oftentimes, a few times… it’s ALWAYS.
- Do you remember The Golden Rule? “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” Matthew 7:12. These two go hand in hand. So if someone acts against you even after you have been good to them, simply pray for them (and forgive them) because God will make sure someone does to you as you did to that other person.
- Just one thing before I continue: We shouldn’t do good to others with “hidden” intentions. Remember there’s nothing we can hide from God.
- Everyone is affected by this principle. Believers and unbelievers. So if we see a unbeliever who is always successful and prosperous, it might be because that person has planted generosity and unselfishness.
- Not every bad thing that happens to us is a result of something we planted. We might not understand why some things happen to us but we do know that everything has a consequence, so instead of complaining and giving up we must “not get tired of doing what is good”.
- We must make sure that we always plant good seeds. Every single time we have an opportunity to do so. Let’s keep doing good, let’s plant goodness.
- Who we are now is the result of what we did yesterday and who we will be is going to be the result of what we do today. Proverbs 13:16 says: “Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.” Everything I do today has a consequence.
- We must wait and be patient between the moment we plant and the moment we harvest. This is something that most of us find hard to do. But if we are patient we will harvest what God has in store for us. That’s why the verse says “At just the right time”, God’s perfect time.
- Ecclesiastes 11:1 says: “Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.”
- The size of what we plant determines the size of what we harvest. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says: “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” Jesus also exhorted us to give generously in Luke 6:38 He says
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
- Remember this will also happen if we plant bad seeds. In the previous verse, Jesus is talking about NOT judging others and forgiving.
- A spiritual seed brings a “material” harvest. 1 Corinthians 9:11: “Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink?” If we wonder why we might not get something we are expecting, it might be because we are not sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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. (Galatians 6:7-9)
From verse 8 we see this is very serious: “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature.”
What am I planting?
- What do I do with my money? Do I spend it right away? Or do I spend it wisely and save it for the future? “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” (Proverbs 21:20)
- Am I wise in my decisions? “A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.” (Proverbs 10:5)
- Do I spend money on things I know are harmful to me and others? “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.” (Ephesians 5:18)
- Am I being unjust and unfair to someone? Have I been unjust? “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.” (Proverbs 22:8)
- Am I an adulterer/liar/murderer/deceiver/thief? “But you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins…because of your great wickedness…when the day of judgment dawns, [you] will be completely destroyed.” (Hosea 10: 13, 15.) “…you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)
- Am I judging, condemning, talking badly about others? “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.” (Luke 6:37)
- Am I unforgiving? Read the Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor and its conclusion: “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” (Matthew 18: 21-35)
- We are forgiven but we must also forgive!
What should we all plant? What does “planting and doing good” mean?
- Always do good! Even though we can’t see good coming back to us, let’s not get tired of doing good. Keep on praying, loving, believing, forgiving. We WILL see the fruit… At just the right time!!
- Always talk good! “Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29)
- Always choose goodness!
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
- Always save money first instead of borrowing it! “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” (Luke 14:28)
- Always remain pure and far from any sexual immorality! “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18.) “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” (Hebrews 13:4)
- Always honor your parents! “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)
- Always give God your best! ““Go ahead, beg God to be merciful to you! But when you bring that kind of offering, why should he show you any favor at all?” asks the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” (Malachi 1:9)
- Always show mercy to others! “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
Christ saved us and “He took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.” Galatians 3:13 “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14. Nonetheless, we must do our part and be i better than who we used to be before knowing Him.
I hope this post has helped you remember the things God wants us to plant to honor Him and live for Him.
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