August 24/Galatians 6

I am in the process this week of crafting a sermon on Galatians 6. I would appreciate your prayers for a Holy Spirit inspired message. I want to feed you well and honor the Lord at the same time.

I will comment on verses 1-10. I believe verse 7 is the key to opening up these verses.

Galatians 6:7 (NLT) — 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

God has built into the fabric of nature and society this law that what ever you plant you will harvest. If you plant seeds of wheat but hope with all your might and will power for soy beans you will still get wheat. If you plant words of anger and hate you will reap bitterness no matter how much you hope for love. God cannot be outwitted or fooled.

Verse 1 > Helping another person back on the right track with gentleness and humility will bring a harvest of gentleness and humility in that person’s life and it will increase your gentleness and humility. In your time of need you will also be helped with gentleness and humility that is your harvest! And also the harvest of a person that is helped who may down the road help someone  else. Remember when you were living in sin apart from God? Jesus in gentleness and humility forgave your sin and helped you back on the right track. You are part of Jesus’ harvest! Keep the harvest going.

Verse 2 > the law of Christ is to ‘love your neighbor as yourself”. When you share a burden you help to shoulder it so that it becomes bearable. If I am carrying a 100lb sack of potatoes and someone shares the burden then we are each only carrying 50obs which is substantially lighter. When I plant this sharing I can expect to receive a harvest of sharing. If I refuse to share I will harvest a refusal to share and I will continue to be very burdened which may in time be overwhelming.

Verse 3 > If you think you are too important to help someone else guess what you will harvest? Yup someone else may think they are too important to help you. Ouch! You just harvested a bunch of pride.

James 4:6 (NLT) — 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Verse 4 > If you pay attention to the work God has called you to do you will harvest the satisfaction of a job well done. If you begin to compare your life with someone else’s you will either harvest pride because you will think what you do is more important than what they are doing or you will harvest inferiority because you will think you are not as good as they are. Be content with what God has called you to do and do it for his glory and you will reap a harvest of contentment.

Verse 5 > Another way to say this verse is ‘you are responsible for your own harvest’! If you planted corn you can’t blame someone else that you didn’t get wheat! Plant seeds of complaining and you will harvest discontentment. The only way to harvest joy, peace and laughter is to plant those seeds.

Verse 6 > this is like a fellowship meal. I bring teaching that if followed will allow you to live well spiritually and you bring money which will allow me to live well physically. If I plant well I will harvest well and the same goes for you. Someone can come to the fellowship meal and not bring anything. They can leave full but at harvest time they will be empty. I also believe that the word of God finds good soil in a generous heart. The stingy person really does not understand the grace of God hence there is not much freedom in their lives to give and to enjoy the Lord and his ways. You always harvest what you plant; you cannot outwit God!

Verse 8 > “The law of the harvest is irrevocable and incontestable. If I say, “Lord, forgive me. I shouldn’t have gone there, said that, or done the other,” He does (see 1 John 1:9)—but the seed I planted in sin will still come to fruition.
“What about grace?” you say.
Grace still abounds. Ask Samson. After being where he shouldn’t have been and getting a haircut in the process, as he ground at the wheel, his hair began to grow. When he at last stood in the temple of Dagon and pulled down the supporting pillars, Scripture records that Samson conquered more Philistines in that one moment than he had in his entire lifetime (Judges 16:30). Samson sowed to his flesh and lost everything as a result, for such is the law of the harvest. Yet his hair grew back and his strength was restored for a final pivotal moment of ministry, for such is the grace of God.” Pastor Jon Courson

Verse 9 > There is always a season of time between the planting and the harvest. Don’t get discouraged, you definitely do not want to plant that, keep doing good and at the right time you be blessed with a harvest. This time lag causes some people to think they can get away with sin but they can’t eventually what they have sown will yield a harvest.

Verse 10 > Look around you for opportunities to do good after all that is the Gospel > good news. Start with your family at Hilltop. Ask the Holy Spirit today to direct you to someone for whom you can do good. If you plant good guess what you will harvest?

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Verse 14 has good advice on attitude. Do not boast on what you have done but what God has done through you. It prevents pride and shows that God can even use you for His purpose. The theme of the whole book is to show that faith in God’s work is more important than our works.