When I became a parent of young children, I learned to pick my battles.
When fussing began to commence, I had to make a decision: do I intervene or let them work this out themselves? Sometimes I would jump into the middle of a disagreement the moment it began. Sometimes I studied my children to see how they handle conflict.
My involvement normally hinges on either the seriousness of the altercation or the consistency of the problem. If it’s a simple disagreement, I let them handle it, but if sin begins to creep in, I get involved.
I’m their father, I can’t let them continually hurt themselves.
God is the same way. There are moments when God says, “Enough is enough, you will not do this any longer.”
7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have the opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
(Galatians 6:7-10, HCSB)
God is not mocked. He still interferes in the affairs of mankind today.
Make no mistake, if God’s children continue to sow into the flesh, he will not be continually mocked – he gets involved.
Johnny Cash portrays this thought through the chilling song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” as he sings, “You can run on for a long time, but sooner or later God’s gonna cut you down.” God still gets in the middle of our lives. He’s not afraid to jump in and set things straight or put a stop to certain behaviors.
So instead of sowing unto the flesh (following your selfish desires), sow unto the Spirit. Set your mind on spiritual matters. Focus on godly living.
There will be moments when you see others not following God who live carefree – don’t give up! Don’t forsake doing good because you see others living carefree and loving it. Persevere at following Christ and it will be worth it.
Take notice of the word “reap” in this passage. Everyone will reap what they sow. Usually, flesh-led people will reap sooner than later. Sometimes, Spirit-led people will reap later, but the wait is worth it. The “proper time” is coming (v. 9)!
So do good to one another. Why? First, because it is right. Second, make sure to be especially good to other believers so they don’t give up the fight of following God. It will be worth it.
God will step in one day and settle all accounts. Don’t lose heart waiting for that day.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.