Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
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I am convinced our values, what motivates us, come in levels. Personal preferences, organization, identity, mission. All motivate us. All are important. The higher the values level we operate on for the longest time possible, the greater the good. We cannot always do the best things for the right reason all the time. We just get tired. Even when we do a good thing for a personal reason, it is still a good thing. The Apostle Paul was often calling for believers to follow Christ's example of sacrifice and service, even when it meant hardship. Paul also recognized that Christian maturity requires growth in faith. Start with the basics and grow toward the heavy lifting in the Kingdom of God. The basics are that we reap what we sow - what goes around comes around. Do the right thing because it will benefit you. In time, when the muscle is stronger, we discover we can do the right thing for no other reason than for the glory of God.
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What can I do for you today, Lord? Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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