God Is Not Mocked

This meditation is based on a passage for June 11, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Galatians 5:25-6:10

Reflection and Question: Paul packs a huge amount of good counsel in this conclusion to the letter to the Galatians. A friend of mine, Roger, has strengthened me many times by quoting the King James Version of verse 9, “Let us not grow weary in well doing,” and he lives that faithfulness himself. In between contradictory comments, “Bear one another’s burdens,” and “All must carry their own loads,” Paul advises testing our own work rather than our neighbor’s, a discipline that helps us work for the good of all, especially the family of faith. What does it mean that God is not mocked?

Prayer: God of all that is, You know better than we know ourselves when we sow in the flesh and when we sow in the Spirit. Here Paul promises that we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up. Bless our work; may it be a cause of pride. Amen.