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As followers of Jesus, we have committed to a life of faith and discipleship. We reaffirm this initial commitment with a fresh commitment to follow Christ each day.

Scripture invites us to choose today whom we will serve, whom we will follow. Will you follow Jesus today? Where might the Spirit of God lead you?

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Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10

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A lesson that I learned from my ill-fated time in the garden is that harvests take patience. A good gardener must commit to work for a season before enjoying the crop. If I had learned this lesson sooner, maybe my pumpkins would have sprouted (even if they didn’t win a prize).

Scripture recognizes this principle and encourages us, “Let’s not get tired of doing good.” The author, inspired by the Holy Spirit, recognized that getting tired is easy to do. Sometimes we labor, and it seems like our work is in vain. We want to quit — quit praying, quit serving, quit loving. Against this temptation, we have the promise that a harvest is coming … if we don’t give up. So let’s use this season to recommit to doing good for those around us, especially for our sisters and brothers in the church. As we commit to love one another and share one another’s burdens, we equip and encourage one another to share this same love with the rest of the world.

Joshua Hays

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Pray

God, forgive me when I grow tired of doing good. Strengthen me through your Spirit and your people to work for the good of all at every opportunity. Help me to share this same grace with others to sustain them as well. Amen.

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Go

The seed that fell on good soil are those who hear the word and commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart. Through their resolve, they bear fruit.

Luke 8:15 (emphasis added)

May you bear fruit in this season of commitment to the Lord Jesus.

Joshua Hays

Joshua Hays is a Research Fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and the author of A True Hope: Jedi Perils and the Way of Jesus (Smyth & Helwys, 2015). He is a graduate of Union University and Samford University and a former intern at Passport, Inc. Joshua lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife Rebecca Poe Hays, a Ph.D. student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baylor.

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