Your Harvest

by Scott Vance on May 22, 2024

Galatians 6:6-10 (ESV)
6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
As a pastor, one of the great honors that I’m given is when I’m asked to officiate a wedding.  It’s wonderful to share in the joy of a couple as they commit themselves to one another in Christ.  But it takes a great deal of work and preparation to get ready for that special day.  It’s not so much about all the planning that goes into preparing for that one day; rather, the work I’m speaking of is the pre-marital counseling that takes place prior to the wedding, work that helps couples prepare for life together.
Good premarital counseling will seek to help couples explore a wide range of subjects that perhaps they haven’t already considered: raising kids, how they spend time with one another, communication, intimacy, problematic idealistic expectations, and several other topics, not the least of which is finances.
Finances, how money is managed and spent, is often the subject of difficult conversations in marriage.
Money is often a difficult subject in the life of the church as well. I find it amazing that Paul can speak about money so freely without ever mentioning the word, but in this passage, Paul is certainly raising the subject of money and how we are utilizing our money and our resources.
Here, Paul encourages the Galatians to support the ministry through financial gifts and by using their time and resources, but Paul also has a bigger and deeper view of our resources. 
Paul has a keen understanding that all our material possessions and wealth are given to us as a trust, as a responsibility to use for God’s purposes in the world, and not to be hoarded for our own personal enjoyment.
Paul’s contrast between sowing in the flesh and sowing in the Spirit also paints a great picture for us.  The warning regarding sowing in the flesh echoes Paul’s argument that adopting Jewish law and practice will be of no benefit to the Galatian believers; their efforts will be wasted and the harvest they will reap will not last.
However, sowing in the Spirit will bring lasting benefits to themselves and others, a harvest for eternity, an effort that will bear amazing fruit if they stay the course.
In these short verses, Paul powerfully encourages and challenges the Galatians believers to pursue their relationship with Christ as they support and encourage the work of the ministry and one another.
Paul’s words are just as challenging for us today when we think about the great blessings we have and what we’re doing with them. The foundational thought for us to grasp is that all we have is a gift from the Lord, given to us as a trust, for our benefit, and also to benefit the work and ministry of the Lord right where we’re planted and out into the world.
So, what kind of harvest are you working towards? A harvest that won’t last or a harvest that will have lasting benefits, not only for you but also for all who know you?
God bless you and know that I’m praying for you constantly.
I'm glad that you've decided pick up these devotionals.
The devotionals started from my own personal need to read through scripture and spend time thinking about what I was reading and the best way for me to do that was to write down my thoughts.

I began to share these devotionals when a student of mine was deployed in the military.  He wanted to continue to be challenged to read scripture and keep his life centered on Christ while he was serving abroad and so he asked me if I would be willing to share these devotionals with him.

And so I began to share the devotionals and as others found out what I was doing it began to grow and evolve from that point on.

I pray that these devotionals will encourage your faith in Christ and challenge you as His missional disciple; to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

And I want you to know that I really do pray for you constantly.  If you ever have a specific prayer request, please let me know.  It helps me to pray for you.

God bless you.


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