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On Faith: It's harvest time again

It's harvest time. Gardeners are reaping the benefits of the planting they did last spring, and all the hard work this summer. The Bible tells us that life is like that too; we will reap the harvest for what we have done, both good and bad. "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." (Galatians 6:7-11)

These verses teach us a few things. First of all, you will never fool God. Whenever we are doing wrong we always think we can "get away with it," but God sees all things, good and bad. The good news is that God saw all our sin, and the destruction that it would bring, and he still loved us. So Jesus came and died on the cross for you and I, so when we ask for God's forgiveness, and we repent, which means to turn away from sin and turn to God, and we accept him into our lives as our lord and savior, God can take away our sins and give us new life in him. Then we can live for God, and harvest all the good things God has for us.

The second thing we are taught is that you will harvest whatever you plant. Life is like that. Whatever you do with your life is what you will get out of it. If we choose to sin and go against God, the Bible warns us that we will get destruction out of it. Maybe sooner, maybe later, but it will come. But the Bible also encourages us that when we do what pleases God, we will get eternal life. This starts with God's help and blessings in this life, and then we get to spend eternity with God in heaven.

Finally, these verses teach us not to give up. "Let us not become weary in doing good,

for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Gardening takes a lot of hard work to get the tasty rewards. And the Bible is honest with us when it tells us that living for God is also a lot of hard work. We start living the Christian life that we know God wants us to, and then things get hard; we find ourselves in a bad situation, or friends pressure us to do what they're doing, maybe it would be so much easier to lie or cheat, or sometimes it's easier to just do what I want to do. But God encourages us not to give up, because there is such great reward in doing what is right and living for God each day.

So this harvest time, I hope that you will be enjoying the good rewards for all of your hard work. Maybe in your garden, but most of all, in your life.

On Faith is a weekly column in the News-Chronicle written by area religious leaders.

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