Tuesday Devotion

Galatians 5: 20- 23

We’ve all heard the proverbial admonishment, “you reap what you sow!” Perhaps it may have been a warning from mom not to continue to be mean to my other siblings, or my six grade teacher who caught me peering over my classmates shoulder in order to successfully cheat on that math test. The phrase often comes in the context of a chiding or some type of conflict between when you “are” doing something, and how you “should” have done something. Rarely, if ever, have any of us heard this phrase as a positive reinforcement for something we are currently doing, which in turn, would yield good fruit. However, drawing from the conclusion of Galatians, chapter 5, Paul provides that both good and bad can come from “reaping what we sow.” Paul states that the person who sows to the flesh will reap corruption, but the one who sows from the Spirit, will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

The decision that we need to be reminded of, as believers is if our words & deeds are in tune with what the Spirit requires of our consistent conduct. Thankfully, Paul provides a small list of what sowing from the Spirit entails, Love, faithfulness, Joy, Peace, Patience Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, and Self Control. All these Spiritual attributes are far better than the ominous alternatives of bitterness, immorality, impurity, disputes, dissensions, strife, jealousy, anger, etc.

Today I find this passage more helpful than ever. Our nation currently finds itself deeply entrenched and divided by our politics and isolated due to a vicious pandemic. This passage in Galatians is a healthy reminder that I don’t have to spend the next four years being on the political “opposite end” of a relative, a co-worker, or a close friend with different views or a different upbringing. It’s through Paul’s admonishment that I’m reminded who I belong to, and therefore how I conduct myself at all times with all people; bearing in mind, that it’s God’s light that people should see in me, not my own stubborn and, at time, tenacious belief system.

Let’s face it folks, it’s voting season, but that doesn’t mean it’s tear each other down season. Let’s put our minds and hearts in the right place and the right attitude to speak a word of life to one another at all times, for the sake of building up the One Body through the One Spirit in love and in truth. Let us focus the next four years in conducting ourselves as mature believers with love and unity through the sowing of Jesus, the Messiah, through the Spirit, not the flesh.