The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
August 11, 2019
(Galatians 6:8-10 NIV) "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."
If I plant beans, I won’t reap corn.
The fruit of the sinful nature is destruction, eternal destruction. “Sowing wild oats” is a phrase that seems to be just the way “everyone” is living today. But all too often those who do such things don’t count the cost, the eternal cost. And really, not “everyone is doing it”.
On the other hand, whoever sows to please the Holy Spirit of God will reap eternal life. But it can be and often is hard work. Thus God tells us “Let us not become weary in doing good.”
We have here the encouragement to do good to all, and especially to the family of believers.
God will see to it that his children reap a harvest of eternal life! That is a fruit of faith, a fruit of what God has done for us in sending his Son to save us from our sins.
Lord of all power and might, author and giver of all good things, graft in our hearts the love of Thy name, increase in us true faith, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in thy love. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord.