Doing Good in the New Year

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  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.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:7-11

I enjoy this part of the year because we can start to look forward to the New Year.  The New Year is an interesting time in which we can look back at the blessing, the triumphs and failures, the challenges, and the twists and turns from the past year.  But, at the same time, we can look forward to the next year.  No matter how good our previous year was, we can always be better!  In the next few days, we will look at some verses related to the New Year.

This passage deals with sowing and reaping.  Sometimes we think of this passage in fear, thinking (rightly) that we don’t want to do evil things because we don’t want the results of those evil things.  We don’t want to sow evil because we don’t want to reap evil.  That is a good thing.  But we can also look at it in another way.  We can look at it from a positive standpoint.

We want to do the right things because we want the results that doing those right things will bring.  We want to sow good in order to reap good.  The law of sowing and reaping works both ways.

So, what should we do in this new year?  We need to, in the words of verse 10, “…do good unto all men…”  Just do right – all year long!

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