Of the many Martin Luther King quotes that bear repeating, one of my favorites is:
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
Service is built-in to our job description, not only as pastors and missionaries and ministry leaders, but also as believers. One’s ministry — and ultimately, one’s life — will be measured by how this question is answered.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)
As America pauses today to remember an influential leader, let’s consider this persistent and urgent question: What will I do today to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ?
Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)
Your life is a never-ending cycle of reaping and sowing, of planting and harvesting. Every day you experience both.
Today you will enjoy (or, in some cases, not enjoy) a harvest you have planted in past days or weeks or months or years.
And today you are planting tomorrow’s harvest. Your actions today create the life you will experience tomorrow, and in the days to come.
“The one who sows to please the Spirit,” Paul says, “from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
And then he encourages us:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Sometimes it requires all of your emotional reserves just to continue one more day in your journey. Remember: this is a journey worth taking, and it is not without reward. At the proper time, you will reap the harvest that you are sowing today.
So keep sowing. Make the calls that aren’t always easy to make. Finish the task you’ve been putting off. Confront the problems you’ve avoided. Do what needs to be done.
Keep sowing today, and wait for the harvest.
As the book of Job says, God will make all things beautiful for you in his time.