Ever considered what you have been given? Ever considered what being a good steward looks like? Ever considered that you are given bread and seed, one to eat and one to sow? What type of seeds do you have? What type of seeds are you taking? What type of seeds are you planting? Are you planting or eating the seeds? If you don’t use what what you have been given as food (bread) for food but instead try to eat what was given so that you can reap a harvest later it will impact what is yet to come. If you try to go for the immediate or fast hit of eating the seeds rather than having the patience for the seeds to be planted, watered, germinate, and then grow, you will miss out on everything that was purpose and intended for those seeds. If you don’t sow you won’t reap. If you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. If you sow generously you will reap generously. Don’t miss out on all that God has for you. Don’t miss out on the blessings of scattering the seeds. Trust God for the harvest. Trust God because what you sow not only produces a harvest but more seeds. Sow to the Spirit in order to reap eternal life. Don’t allow yourself to be tricked or fooled and sow to the desires of the flesh like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these because such things reap corruption. Instead sow to the Spirit which reaps eternal life by keeping in step with the Spirit and producing the fruits of the Spirit against which things there is no law like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. So where are you at today? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to do good?
Let’s check out today’s reading from Galatians 6:
Bear One Another’s Burdens
1Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5For each will have to bear his own load.
6Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8For 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. 9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Final Warning and Benediction
11See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.—Galatians 6
17From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Oscar Wilde and his play The Importance of Being Earnest. We learn in today’s devotional about Oscar Wilde who was an Irish playwright, poet, and dramatist. We learn that he was famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his comic masterpieces. We learn that he was part of a movement in England that advocated art for art’s sake called Aesthetic: an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts. We learn that it wasn’t until late in his life that he sought religious help. We learn that the Catholic Church welcomed him on his deathbed. We learn in the closing of today’s devotional that many of his works included biblical references with the example of Miss Prism quoting Galatians 6:7 in Act 2 of The importance of Being Earnest which is part of today’s reading.
‘Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. ‘—Galatians 6:7
MISS PRISM: As a man sows, so shall he reap.—The Importance of being earnest – Act 2 – p.277
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World’s Classics)Jun 15, 2008
by Oscar Wilde and Peter Raby
So will you be earnest?
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Interested in turning back to God and starting to walk in the Spirit rather than the flesh and starting to sow in the Spirit in order to produce the fruits of the Spirit?
Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God
Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…
Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this new day and for all that will be in it. I pray Lord for Your healing touch as I have woken up this morning feeling ill. I give this day into Your hands Lord and ask for Your wisdom and help to accomplish all that You have planned for me. Help me Lord to live it out in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory. Help my friends Lords who are fighting sickness, dealing with loss, and pursuing You Lord. I ask all this so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.