Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Have you ever heard your parents say, “you are what you eat?” Well there is truth in that statement. Meaning, that our bodies respond to the food we eat either in a positive and healthy way or in a negative unhealthy way. The same is true in our spiritual life. If we are living our lives for self-centered purposes it will affect our souls in negative ways, and according to this passage we will be reaping corruption, which ultimately points to a life of sinful living that ends without Christ.
However, if we are people who are living by the Spirit, and are seeking to do good to others by bearing their burdens (Gal. 6:2), serving them (Gal. 5:13), living lives of holiness (Gal. 5:24), and pointing them to Christ, than we are sowing to the Spirit and will reap the reality of eternal life (Gal. 6:8).
Am I calling for a works based salvation that saves us based upon what we do? Absolutely not! But, if we claim to be believers in Christ who are awakened by or live by the Spirit because of the finished work of Christ on our behalf (Gal. 5:25), than we should be compelled by that same Spirit to do good to others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, so that the new creation reality of our new life in Christ will be seen (Gal. 6:15), and people will glorify God as a result.
We see this example so clearly in the first church in Jerusalem. As Acts 2:46-47 says:
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
As the first church pursued holiness and generosity amongst one another it not only caused them to praise God, but was a witness to the outside world of who Christ is, and as a result people were being saved.
This type of Spirit powered living should naturally be the mark of a person who is saved by Christ, and it is a confirmation of their eternal life which is bought by Christ and is secured by the Holy Spirit. In this way, if we are people who seek to do Holy Spirit empowered good to others and are seeking to point people to Jesus than yes our logical and glorious end is a life with Christ. On the other hand, if our desires are selfish and self serving, then we are without hope because we are living a part from Christ and our end can only be corruption and a forever life without Christ.
If we are a believer in Christ this is a warning and a promise for us. The warning is to keep watch over our lives and make sure that we are seeking to walk in step with the Spirit by doing good to others in the name of Christ as a confirmation of our life in Christ. The promise we receive is if we have the Holy Spirit within us and we are living by that Spirit, then we have this amazing hope of eternal life that cannot be taken way from us. We are new creations (Gal. 6:15) who have been blessed (made happy) because we know that the peace, mercy, and grace of God are ours not only in eternity, but in our present realities. This is for our present and eternal rest and joy.
So let’s be people that walk by the Spirit and do good to others in the name of Christ knowing that we have the hope of a forever life with Christ and a present life of peace and joy as we live not for our own flesh, but for the glory of our amazing and marvelous triune God.