Monday, January 11th
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:7-9
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We are in the second week of a series designed to help us tackle those areas of life that are ongoing, constant, and could stand some improvement in the new year that lies before us. Our "use of time" is one of those areas and most of us recognize how easily our use of time gets out of hand. Life is all about time. We all have a lifetime in which to live our lives. Each of us must ask the question, "what will I do with the time I have for living my life?"
Last week we looked at the parable of the sower. We said that the sower is God, the seed is his word, and the soils are people. To help us transition to this week we want to ask this question, "Why does God come to us with his word?" To put it simply, he wants our lives to count. He knows that on our own we will not use the time we have for living our lives in ways that count for eternity. So, he comes to us with his word both to rescue us from the plight of wasting our lives while we are here and to produce, in us and through us, a life that really does count for eternity.
Today's Scripture contrasts those who live to satisfy themselves with those who live to satisfy God. How we use our time will determine the harvest our lives produce. The outcome of using the time we have for satisfying ourselves is not a good one. The outcome of using the time we have for satisfying God is a good one. Whose time is it, anyway? Truly, it is God's and we must spend it on him. "So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want a good outcome for my life and I know that good outcomes come from you. So, I surrender the time I have for living my life to you. I know this is the key to making all my moments count and to having the final outcome be a life that counts for all eternity. I love you, I worship you, and I rest in you. Amen!
Posted on Mon, January 11, 2016
by Alan Porter