Summary: What happens when it is due season with the Lord.
Title: In Due Season
Theme: God’s Word to His church that it is time to reap what we have been sowing.
Text: Galatians 6:6-9
Galatians 6:6 NKJV Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 NLT So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Gal 6:9 MSG So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.
I want us this morning to focus in on that verse 9 and especially the words “In Due Season”. These are the words that God spoke to me last night as I was sitting on the pew.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines the word due as “something that rightfully belongs to you.” And the word season means “a special period.” So I put both of these definitions together to come up with my own definition. So, due season is –a special period of time when we shall receive that which rightfully belongs to us.
Principle # 1: What you reap is what you sow.
That is an important principle to remember when you are talking about reaping and sowing. When a farmer would plant a seed in the ground he would expect “in due season” to receive what ever that plant was. So if he planted corn seed he would get corn. If you planted apple seed he would get apples. If he planted watermelon seed he would get watermelon. If he planted bird seed he would get . . . ? Ha Ha.
Any way you understand the principle. This is important because it works in all areas of our life. Notice what Paul says here
Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Paul makes a comparison between the flesh and the spirit. The flesh is that which is inside us trying to get us to sin. You see the “sowing and reaping” could be a blessing or a curse. It cannot be ignored. It happens all the time. As there is penalty for sin there is a blessing for right living.
As is there is a cost for laziness there is a reward for being diligent in the Lord. Don’t miss this.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (GOD), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently (to search with zeal, earnest) seek Him.
Principle # 2: You don’t reap in the same season that you sow.
The second principle that I want you to understand is that you don’t reap in the same season that you sow. A farmer doesn’t plant a seed and expect to come back that afternoon and see a plant. Once you plant corn you can expect it to take 2-3 months to produce a crop.
You see what you reap in one season will not produce into the next.
I told you just a few weeks ago that God spoke to me and told me that we were going through a season. It was a season of limited revelations and spiritual activity from the Lord.
You know it. I have seen it and so have you. You probably even sensed in your spirit. It doesn’t mean that God has not been here.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
In other words each season has its purpose.
What it means is God is teaching a respect and hunger for His spirit.
Here is what God expected us to due during this time. Just as verse 9 begins he expected us not to “grow weary in well doing”. In other words we were not to give up. We were to continue in the disciplines of the faith.
We were to continue to pray, continue to worship, continue to work and continue to watch for the coming of the Lord. To many times we want to stop. Oh but it is in our faithfulness where God sees a place to move.
It is easy to worship and praise and celebrate when you are up on the mountain but what about when you are in the valley. Oh you are making that long clip to the top. It is not time to give up but it is time to work and pray even more.