The Right Time

I have been saying that it is a now season for us since the beginning of the year and I believe we are in it right at this moment. Things for which we've been waiting on God, that seem to be taking longer than expected, will come to pass now

Galatians 6:7-10: Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 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. 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. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

I. The context

Paul is contrasting two things in Galatians chapter 5 - a life led by the Holy Spirit and a life led by our sinful nature.

Galatians 5:16-17: So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

God created us for a purpose. He has a plan designed for each of our lives. We walk in complete satisfaction and this abundant life in Christ, when we walk in God’s will. The only way we can walk in God’s will is through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why Paul says let the Holy Spirit guide your life.

How do we let the Holy Spirit guide our lives? Through our communion with God as we seek Him though His Word, through prayer, through worship, and through listening and walking in obedience. Let’s look at the contrast between following our sinful nature and following the Holy Spirit.

A. Those who are led by sinful nature

Galatians 5:19-21: When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

If you follow your sinful nature, your life will go down a destructive path. You will not be able to walk in God’s will. Think of people whose lives have been ruined because they chose this path. Pregnant teens, drug addicts, professional athletes, government leaders, and even pastors. This path does not just ruin our lives on earth. Those living this kind of life will furthermore not inherit the Kingdom of God.

B. Those who are led by the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:22-25: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

We have shared our lives together and I know you want to do God’s will for your lives. You are trying to do His will but doors have not been opened to walk through yet. In the midst of waiting, trusting and being faithful to God, you have become more like Jesus.

You love, you have peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How do I know this? You have not taken matters into your own hands or walked away from your faith in God! You have nailed the passion of your sinful nature to the cross and you are living by the Spirit! Here is another crucial part of this: it’s complete surrender. Allow the Spirit to lead you in every area of your life.

II. The principle of sowing and reaping

Galatians 6:7-10: Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 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. 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. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

  • "Don't be misled" - deceived; going astray

Galatians 6:7 (NKJV): Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

  • "God is not mocked" - οὐ μυκτηριζεται - to turn the nose up at one (Paul is saying this is done at God, but never without punishment)

When we are sowing into our flesh instead of our spirit, we are treating God with contempt. We are turning our nose up at him and refusing to take what He has offered us.

We will always harvest what we plant. This is part of the justice of God.

Many people think they can live however they want and still receive all of the promises of God. God is full of grace and He always makes a way for us to return to Him like the prodigal son, but He is also a God of justice and will judge the world at some point in time.

We can count on three things when it comes to sowing and reaping:

  1. God will cause a harvest to come from our seeds.
  2. God is never early or late. He is always right on time.
  3. Our harvest will have the same nature of the seeds that are sown. Good seeds bring a good harvest, while bad seed brings a bad harvest.

III. Harvest time!

Galatians 6:9: 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.

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV): And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

  • "in due season" - καιρῳ ἰδιῳ - at the right time; God's favor is upon harvest time.

Let’s look at some other verses on harvest.

Hosea 10:12: I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

The only way that we get to the harvest is to continually seek God. Allow Him to plow up the hard ground of our hearts. We have to do our part in plowing up our hearts and that is through faithful obedience.

John 4:35-38: You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

God sets the time for the harvest. It's time to harvest when He tells us, not when we think it's time. He is telling us the time is now!

Galatians 6:9 (KJV): And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

  • "if we faint not" - μη ἐκλυομενοι - not loosened out, relaxed, or exhausted as a result of giving in to evil; to not lose heart

How do we give into evil? We believe the lie that God is not faithful and that He will not do what He promised. We lose heart and give up, thus missing out on the harvest of blessing.

As a church we have been in this season of waiting for God’s harvest. God has been using this time to prep the soil of our hearts with faithful obedience to plow up any hard spots. This allows the soil to be rich and fertile and the Kingdom seed to get down deep. Hopefully by now you have figured out the answer to this question:

What do you do during the growing time of our seeds?

  1. Refuse to become discouraged
  2. Determine to keep your faith alive and active
  3. Give and keep on giving; love and keep on loving

If you have not given up, you are ready for harvest! I believe with all my heart the time is now! Not next month, not next week, or tomorrow, but right now. I am not just trying to encourage, I really believe it. God’s favor is upon us and it’s time to harvest. Let’s continue to seek Him and celebrate as we reap it in!