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)
In agriculture, there are about four months between planting and harvesting. During this time the farmer waters and fertilizes, but doesn’t yet get to enjoy the benefits of his harvest. This can be similar in our lives, and Paul knew this first hand. He had spent time in Galatia sharing the Gospel of Christ and a church was born. However, it seemed only to hear later that they were close to departing from the very faith by which they’d been saved. But Paul would not grow tired of doing good, and knew that he would reap the benefit of his continual love for the church in the future.
You may be a parent loving the child who has decided to leave all the values you taught him, or her. Paul encourages you not to be weary and keep loving and praying for them. Maybe your parents aren’t followers of Jesus and reject any idea of becoming one. Paul encourages you not to become weary and continue loving and praying for them.
It is easy to do good and not give up when we can reap immediate rewards. But, there is a spiritual reward we will reap in heaven, if not on this earth, that we can look forward to as Paul did with the many churches he fathered. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like your good deeds are going unnoticed.
Paul wrote that we should not give up, for in due season we will reap. What an encouragement!