For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:8)
How many times have you heard, or even said yourself the following: "You reap what you sow."? With what tone have you heard the phrase said? Most likely, the tone was condescending or judgmental, I would bet. I would also bet that most people don't know that this "saying" comes straight from the bible.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Okay, so I think that most people take this verse as the "I told you so" verse of the bible. But what about looking the passage from a different point of view - the positive side. If we reap what we sow, not only will we suffer the consequences of poor decisions and actions, but we will also reap the benefits of a life lived for God. When we help someone in need, when we lend a sincere listening ear or a shoulder to cry on, or when we encourage someone through God's word that God promises a victorious life we are also sowing for future consequences - the good ones!
God's plan is so long-term and many times we don't see the benefits of our work in others lives until years later, if they choose to let us know that we, somehow, helped them to get on or back on the right path. It can get frustrating when we don't see immediate fruit from our efforts, but friends, be assured that you are doing some good even when you can't see it. God promises that when we send out His Words of life, they will not disappoint.
For as the rain cometh down , and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: So shall my rod be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me vod, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Fellow soldiers, we are in this together, and one day, we will see what we've been waiting for. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not." (Gal 6:9) Keep up the good work!