Food for ThoughtGalatians 6:9 Doing Good
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Galatians 6:9 New King James Version

9. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Most of the time the easiest thing to do is to give up and to give in: to give in to the anger; to give into the fear; to give in to our self-centered feelings. We stop praying because our prayers havenít been answered quickly enough or in the way we thought they should be and we feel justified in behaving in an ungodly and rude manner because we know we are right. Some of us start off with the intention of following through only to abandon the cause when there is resistance. We lack the strength and courage to forge ahead when the battle seems unbearable.

But, in Godís eyes, that is unacceptable. He has given us all we need to continue the fight. He gives us specific missions or assignments to fulfill here on earth knowing He has already equipped us with exactly the right measure of ability and strength to pursue and fulfill the call on our lives. We act too much like the world: entitled, bothered, apathetic. When the going gets tough the tough arenít tough at all.    Too many Christians gratify the flesh instead of sacrificing and surrendering our will to God.    

We live in a world that encourages self-centeredness.   The flesh wars against the spirit and we are spirit beings who live in flesh. It is exhausting to persistently and continuously stand against the current of ďme & myselfĒ and we place our feelings above everyone else.  No wonder we need God.

How many of us can say we have surrendered ourselves so completely that we are not always brought down when hard things happen? How many of us soak our souls in His presence so that we flow in giving of ourselves no matter what we are going through?  God is asking a lot from us. In fact, He is asking the impossible, but He has also provided the impossible. His Holy Spirit living within us is the assurance we will make it. Yes, we will fail, but when we are weary and canít take another step, God invites us to lean into Him. It is amazing what can happen when we let go and let God. It is amazing what can happen when we get over ourselves and how we are affected and look through the eyes of total surrender.    Jesus did this and He has made it possible for us to do this also.  

Challenge: Continue doing good in the face of adversity and donít stop. But make sure you are getting all you need from the Lord.

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.