Would you say that you’re someone who tries to make the most of your time, money and energy? And do you gauge how well you’re doing by your return on investment? In other words; do the good results you get for your efforts indicate how effectively you’ve spent your time, money or energy? For the most part, that is good, solid and wise thinking… but not always. Sometimes we should do things just because they are the right thing to do even if we can’t see a result. Sometimes we need to just be obedient, and do good because that is what believers should do. Galatians 6 verses 9 and 10 says:
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
If you’ve ever been good to someone and they take advantage of you, or if you feel your efforts were unappreciated or ineffective, I think this verse is for you. Paul tells the Galatians not to become weary in doing good, because at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. So, if you are in that place where you’ve been helping someone or doing good on behalf of someone and you don’t see a return on your investment so to speak, don’t give up. At the proper time you may reap a harvest for your efforts. I encourage you to look for opportunities to do good to all people, and don’t give up even when you might not see the results you’ve been hoping for or expecting.
For a long time, and with the right motives, you may have been praying for someone, helping someone, showing kindness to someone or just doing good for someone, but have not seen the results you’ve been hoping for. Paul encourages us to not give up, to not become weary in doing good because you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. I’ve seen amazing things happen in the lives of people that I thought would never respond to the gospel, but they eventually did because someone never gave up on them. They continued to show love and they continued to do good. If you’re in that place, encourage you to do the same.