Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. – Galatians 6:7-9
I have shared before how BibleGateway.com is one of my go-to sources for daily scriptures. Sometimes I wonder at how well they must know exactly what I need to read. At other times I give credit to God for orchestrating the whole thing. And then once in a while I shake my head in disbelief at how apropos the selection is; today is one of those days.
Just keep in mind what is going on in Washington D.C. this week, then read these thoughts from the text.
- Make no mistake, God is not mocked.
- A person will harvest what they plant.
- Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness.
- Those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit.
- Let’s not get tired of doing good.
Regarding the first point, it is fairly obvious to me that the “made for the camera” huddles of TV personality prosperity preachers, trying to look all holy and pronouncing “God’s favor” on one political leader over another, is – sadly – a full-on mocking God scenario – as is any partisan effort that pretends to have secured exclusive divine endorsement. God must weep at the effrontery and the self focused arrogance.
Then, there is a lot of “planting” going on right now that intentionally bypasses what is honorable and right, where truth is compromised for the sake of selfish political power and gain. That harvest of devastation is going to hurt everyone.
Additionally, the text points to what is right, and “what is right” is planting for the benefit of the Spirit. Other translations read: “follow the Spirit”, “planting to please the Spirit,” “letting God’s Spirit do the growth work,” “plant in the soil of your spiritual nature,” and “sowing to please the Spirit.”
Finally, there’s the phrase, “Let’s not get tired of doing good.”
In other words, when we are directed by the Spirit of God we do not invest/sow/plant in order to advance ourselves and benefit those who prop up our own political power – that would be contrary to the teachings of Jesus and the fundamentals of faith. Instead, we are invited to humbly follow the direction of God, through the teachings of Jesus, to never tire of doing good, and to value truth and justice – liberty and justice for all.
If politicians wave the God flag to manipulate support, but then oppose the teachings of Jesus in how they live, that is asking for “a harvest of devastation.” When slick made-for-tv preachers cheer them on, that’s even worse.
One more time, for the record, “God is not mocked.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds like serious business to me – DEREK