“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.” — Galatians 6: 8-9
If I wear to walk into Walmart and steal a flat-screen television, the news would spread throughout the coastal communities like wildfire. I could just see the headline now: “Local pastor caught stealing from Walmart.” But where are the headlines for those who labor in love?
I’ve watched kind-hearted people work diligently serving others, making great decisions, blessing their communities and setting examples for others to follow. I’ve seen single mothers sacrifice everything to ensure their children have the opportunities they never received. I’ve seen public officials lead communities through some of their roughest years just to make their city better for future generations. I’ve observed great pastors preach themselves to near death, trying to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. For people like this, there are no parades, no celebrations and few pats on the back. Yet the Bible urges us not to grow weary.
As Christians, we have a charge to do good unto all people. Psalm 128:2 says, “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” We understand our labor is not in vain because we know our greatest reward is in heaven, though we sometimes desire to hear our names called or receive that occasional pat on the back. Saints of God, I encourage you to continue to do what God called you to do. Pray for this community, give direction for the confused and strengthen those who have grown weary. Together we are making a difference and setting an example of excellence if we don’t give up. Therefore, we must purpose ourselves to walk with discipline and focus on our goals.
We may have to cry sometimes and we may feel lonely, but I’m reminded that the seeds we sow will render us a fruitful harvest if we stay in the fight.
Hayes is the pastor of New Day Outreach Ministry and president of the United Ministerial Alliance.