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May 2022                                                                    “In Due Season”

Life is made up of many different seasons. There are seasons like winter, spring, summer, and autumn. There are plowing seasons. There are planting seasons. There are watering seasons. The apostle Paul writes “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: 9-10). The major theme of Galatians is that we are saved by faith, and not by works. Yet what I do to sow seeds for the harvest is important in every season of life. Paul’s letter was written to Galatians and to people today to be faithful in seasons good or bad.

There are several biblical examples of those who did not give up in doing what God had called them to do and the Lord blessed them for it. Hannah pleaded with the Lord for a son and endured much opposition yet remained faithful and gave birth to Samuel by the grace of God. Jacob waited for Rachel, in the Book of Genesis, for 14 years so that he could reap the harvest of being married to the woman God had in store for him. There were others. However, I can think of others who gave up; they grew weary of doing good and missed out on the harvest that was coming. Sampson was robbed of His incredible strength because he gave in to the obstacle of temptation. The Rich Young Ruler in the Gospels had a desire to do right, but when the stakes were high, he gave up and lost heart.

The Galatians were serving their community in various ways through their good works. In doing so, there was a tendency to lose heart and become weary while doing good. When we get weary of serving others one or two things may happen. Either we may begin to exhibit apathy and disdain for those they serve, or we just give up. Either way is harmful to the building up of God’s kingdom. Oftentimes we fail to communicate the joy and enthusiasm of being part of the family of God and as such, we have missed an opportunity to welcome others to become part of the body of Christ.

The Lord created different seasons in our lives to shape us, help us deal, and create us into who He intended us to be. We witnessed the historic moment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman confirmed to become the 116th Supreme Court Justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Change takes a long time, but it does happen. Judge Jackson in her acceptance speech writes “It has taken 232 years and 115 appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States” “But we’ve made it.” “We’re made it, all of us”.

We have a tendency to give up when things get hard. God used Paul to tell the Galatians and us not to lose hope. Yes, it will be hard. People will despise us for doing good. The enemy will make it difficult to do the work that needs to be done. But, if we remain faithful … the reward will far exceed the work, the trials, the hardships and the pain. Do not grow weary in well-doing, for we can still triumph! It's exactly when everything looks hopeless that our God has the opportunity to display His awesome power and presence.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Loreno R. Flemmings