“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let as do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal 6:9-10)
Once whilst serving upon the missionary ship the Doulos, I wearily wiped table after table in the main galley. I was in Catering, a dish washer and table wiper, and I wasn’t happy. I had ventured on to this amazing ship for adventure, to do God’s will and travel to remote places preaching the gospel and helping the poor. Dish washing wasn’t the glamor I had expected. The ship was a working ship and all 300 plus on board worked a full 4o hour week then did their ministry tasks above and beyond their allocated departments. It was hard work and humbling for most. A true discipleship program that God’s wisdom could be seen in.
As I wiped tables, sweating in the humidity of the Cambodian port we were docked at, I read the above words. The tables often had Scripture superimposed on their coverings and these words called out to me. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.
I decided to memorize the verse as I cleaned the following 30 tables. As I did so thoughts came to my mind. Thoughts like.. “If these tables were not cleaned where would the crew eat?”. Is this work any less important than the Captain? Imagine two weeks worth of food scraps uncleaned on these tables and the vermin it would attract. I knew God was talking to me in my thoughts. He was reassuring me the work was important to Him and no less important than any other on the ship.
A serene joy came over me, no longer was I whining, but rather the encouragment of the words came into focus. I was doing good! A week later I was selected to preach to the entrie ship’s crew and then to a 600 person church in Malayasia were I witnessed many come tearfully to faith – I was blessed to see a Harvest.
No matter what we do, may we realise that God cares for the good we do to others and for others. In what we deem the most meaningless task: Christ sees meaning. Therefore may we continue to DO good unto others and understand such good does indeed reap a harvest – if we do not give up.