Don’t give up – Perseverance and the Kingdom

Anyone who has ever done anything will at some point have felt like quitting.  Of course, not all quitting is bad.  It may be that stopping doing whatever we were doing was the right thing to do.  However, a lot of the time we want to give up because of discouragement and problems, even when we are doing good.  There are all manner of different reasons for not quitting in such circumstances and lots of anecdotes about people who nearly gave up on the verge of their greatest breakthrough, but the Apostle Paul’s teaching on reaping and sowing is probably the most helpful.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.  (Galatians 6:7–10 NIV)

We cannot expect to harvest where we have not sown, or indeed what we have not sown.  Harvesting has some basics worth considering.  First, the better the quality of seed sown, the better the harvest.  Second, the more seed sown, the greater the harvest.  Last, your harvest will be of the same type as that which you are sowing, e.g. if you sow wheat, don’t expect to harvest barley.

One of the major problems that we face is the time delay between sowing and reaping.  It is in this place that we become disillusioned and tempted to give up.  However, we need to keep on planting seed and at the proper time we will harvest.

Doing good can be hard work, and we can become weary, but we must not give up.

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