ABCS Weekly Devotional: Reaping a Harvest

We’ve continued to ask different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Foster Care from Mike Molina, Arms of Love Foster Care licensing specialist.

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 

Sometimes doing good can become exhausting when we see no change as a result of the good we do! No question the believers of Galatia were feeling this way. They were sowing seeds of goodness, but nothing good seemed to be coming forth. Paul is writing to the Galatian believers to encourage them to keep doing good. At times, I have felt that way in my life and I just want to throw in the towel. When I was a 5th grade teacher, I would pour myself into my student’s lives. At the end of the year I would ask myself is it worth it, considering the pay, excessively large class sizes and lack of resources. A few years after I had been teaching, though, I started seeing the fruit of my labor. Students coming back to tell me thank you for being patient with them, helping them learn, and I even had one tell me thank you for showing me Christ.

Now as a pastor and a licensing worker I am reminded the very thing that drives me is my faith in Christ and wanting others to see him by the good that I do. I will continue to do good because that is what I am called to do and I know at the right time, God’s time, I will reap a harvest for the good I have done.