I have loved Galatians 6 for years. I have found it to be an encouragement to me. What has been an encouragement is the idea of perseverance. Paul says to us, “Don’t give up!” It is easy to get discouraged. You do good things, the right things, and they go unnoticed. You are working hard and someone criticizes you, or puts you down. Paul reminds us, keep going. Wrapped up in verses about farming, we are reminded, we will reap what we sow. If we sow the kingdom of God, we will reap the kingdom. If we so selfishness, we will reap selfishness.
The idea of perseverance is seen over and over in the Bible. Even in our reading last week, James said we will have trials, but don’t give up. The result of trials is a maturing faith and a deeper relationship with God.
So are you tired, ready to throw your hands up and walk away from it all because you have yet to see the results you desired or thought should be. Don’t give up. God is not done with you yet. And he will continue to use you to reveal his glory to the world. As the writer of Hebrews reminds us, “since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV)
Questions to Ponder
- Is there something in your life that is making you think about giving up?
What would happen if you walked away?
- What could happen if you believe Galatians 6:9 that you will reap a harvest if you persevere?