Do you ever feel that way? Thinking to yourself, “I’m tired of doing good”, because you’re not getting what you feel you deserve in life. As I reflected on scripture today, I thought of that one verse in Galatians 6:9 which states, “9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” It’s a nice verse, but the thought came to me after that, what if I’m tired of doing good?
If you saw all my thoughts, you’d be surprised how much they aren’t always the nicest things. Whether I think about being incredibly mean in my words, or just doing whatever I want to make me happy with no concerns of how selfish I am. Sometimes that seems like the better option in life. Even with those thoughts, I still find myself believing in being a nice person, doing the right thing, and that ultimately trying to do good will get you further and better things in life than doing evil.
Galatians 6:9 in context
But to go back to Galatians 6:9, let’s expand our understanding of the verse by getting some context. Galatians 6:8-10 states, “8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, [b]while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
So prior to verse 9, Apostle Paul talks about how one who sows to their own flesh reaps destruction, and one who sows to the Spirit reaps eternal life. After verse 9, Paul encourages that while one has the opportunity, one should do good to all people, especially the household of faith. Putting all of it together, the reaping that is to come if we do not grow weary appears to be eternal life. And thus while we have the opportunity in this life, we’re sowing into the Spirit through doing good to all people, especially the household of faith, and eventually we will be reaping eternal life.
So often I’ve seen Galatians 6:9 singled out as doing good and reaping something good in this life. That isn’t to say that concept isn’t expressed in some form in other verses, but in this particular verse, it seems to be mainly referencing reaping eternal life.
What do you think?
Peace to all those who are in Christ.