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Isaiah 3-4, Galatians 6 • Key Verse: Galatians 6:9
Two words that will get a person to wake up early on a Saturday morning are “garage sales.”
Two other words are “farmers’ market.” Both have their own appeal, but there is something extra
special about fresh fruits and vegetables, picked just a few hours before, trucked in from the
country in the back of a pickup. These are not the processed, hauled long-distance, waxed,
sprayed, treated versions, but the real deal.
We enjoy wandering through the stalls, picking and choosing, feasting on the fruit of someone
else’s labor. But ours is a different view of those items from the person selling them. The fruit of
the harvest is the fruit of their labor. T hey may remember tilling, planting, cultivating,
fertilizing, pruning, staking, watering—then finally came harvesting. Giving up is not in the
process, unless the person wanted a bed of weeds.
Life is like that. Paul uses farming as an illustration to teach us both the importance of sowing
and of not giving up. We will reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (6:9), and what we reap will
depend on what we sow (vv. 7—8).
At the farmers’ market, we reap the benefit of what others have sown, of their hard work. That is
the way it can be with fruits and vegetables but not with the blessing of God in our life. We
cannot buy His blessings from a vendor. We must sow and reap, not giving up. The blessings do
Look at what you are sowing in your life. Remember that you will reap what you sow. When it, is
difficult to keep doing right}. remember that the good harvest will come for those who do not give
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett

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