Every spring our yard bursts with beautiful flowers planted by the previous homeowner – roses, peonies, irises, daffodils, foxglove, and more. Of course, we have weeds too. We didn’t plant the blackberry vines, dandelions or thistles, yet they thrive wildly if we neglect them. Sometimes when I pull weeds, I stop and question. Is this a “real” plant, or a damaging weed? Will it choke out the healthy plants around it? Some of the weeds have pretty flowers too, and I can’t always tell by looking. I have to ask a friend or look it up.
Galatians six tells us two important facts. We will harvest what we plant, and we have two choices: we can plant to the Spirit or plant to the flesh. We can invest in our spiritual life, or risk spiritual collapse by choosing sin. Many times the difference is obvious, but other times sin sneaks in just like weeds we didn’t purposely plant. Only by knowing the Word of God can we know for sure what is of eternal value in our lives, and what is a brier that will be burned (Hebrews 6:8).
Our spiritual leaders watch for our souls. If we submit, listen, and live honestly, we will discover the joy and freedom of being rooted and preserved in Truth. Don’t be weary during planting time – just keep working! Keep choosing wisely! When our harvest time comes, we will never regret all good planting we did.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 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. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9, ESV)
Devotion by Kristi Moore