Ask me about the law of the harvest and I’m pretty quick to respond, “You reap what you sow” (Gal. 6:7). Not going to get carrots from flower seed. Don’t count on cherries if all you’ve planted in the orchard are peach trees. And, in the spiritual realm, don’t count on heavenly treasures if you’re only about investing in earthly pursuits and pleasures, 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” (Gal. 6:8).
So I get the “type” thing. The type of things harvested are dependent on the type of things sown. You reap in kind.
But as I read Galatians 6 what hits me this morning is also the reminder about the “time” thing.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
(Galatians 6:9 ESV)
The harvest is not immediate. The reward comes “in due season.” Or as other translations put it, “in due time”, “at the proper time”, or at “just the right time.”
You sow now to reap later. You put in the effort today with an expectation for tomorrow. You invest in the here and now because you believe in a there and then.
And, as long as the work now doesn’t seem overwhelming, waiting for the fruit of our labor then is pretty doable.
But what happens when the sowing gets super hard? When the toil feels like so much trouble? When what’s required to get through today obscures the hope for tomorrow? It’s then, I’m thinking, you need to bring every thought into captivity and remember that there will be a “just the right time.” That there will be fruit from today’s faithfulness in due season.
Makes no sense to get up in the morning and till the hard ground without the anticipation of it bearing much fruit at some point. Working through what seems like never-ending weeds only becomes worth if it if, in due time, the fields are ripe for harvest. We get out of bed and take on the uncertainties of the day only because we know who holds tomorrow.
In due season . . . it’s the sustaining, inviting, and invigorating hope of all who believe.
So let us not grow weary. Let’s not give up. Let’s press on.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
(1Corinthians 15:57-58 ESV)
By His grace. For His glory.