7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Paul says, “Don’t get tired of doing good.” Why would someone get tired of doing good? What Paul is suggesting is that our sinful nature wants to go the other direction from doing good, so we have to work at more consistently walking with the Spirit, that produces in us good works.
Paul suggests it’s like planting. You don’t just plant seeds and then walk away. No, there is work to be done. We have to cultivate the soil, provide water, and get rid of the weeds that are like our sinful nature in that they want to crowd out what is good. And then on top of that, We have to wait for the results.
So I work at containing my sinful nature by focusing on doing right and good things. That will keep the “weeds” in my life under control so I can enjoy the harvest.
How’s your “weed-control” working?