Galatians 6:9 states: ‘And let us not be weary in well doing: for we shall reap if we faint not.’ The Apostle Paul was a very active Christian witness, here he seeks to exhort and encourage believers in Galatia to be stirred up in their Christian life. He strongly implies that they ought to be engaged in well doing. Good works are not an optional extra in the Christian life, but the necessary evidence of a living faith in the Saviour. We are not to rely on good works for a righteousness before God, but nor are we to be content without the evidence they bear to our having passed from death to life.
Taking up the illustrative idea of a farmer gathering his harvest the Apostle goes on to say, ‘we shall reap if we faint not’. He is encouraging one and all not to weary in doing good by holding out the promise of a harvest – if we faint not. A harvest that gives glory to God and joy to our hearts. There are many challenges to the Christian when he or she tries to do good; for example, missionaries have felt the burden of physical weakness and mental weariness, and others can relate to other obstacles that have discouraged them, not to mention the spiritual battle that all true believers face. Often we think that because we cannot do the good that we would we are exempt from doing the good we can; how false! May we all be encouraged by the words of the Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to do the good we can. Even a seemingly small thing such as speaking a word of encouragement, or writing a letter or e-mail to a struggling believer, or seeking to speak to an uncoverted person about his or her soul is Christian witness, and a sowing of good seed. With the Lord’s blessing there will be a harvest to His glory.
‘And let us not be weary in well doing: for we shall reap if we faint not.’
G B Macdonald