“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
I love this Bible verse about perseverance. Though it doesn’t expressly use the word perseverance, it’s a great metaphor for perseverance. The image of a harvest is an excellent model for what perseverance really is all about. When a farmer sows seed, he doesn’t get an immediate benefit. In those days, he had to do back breaking labor to till the ground and get it ready for sowing his seed. For many months he would tend his fields, caring for the plants as they grew to full maturity. And finally, once the harvest would come, he would be ready to reap the benefit of all his labor.
Though Paul doesn’t tell what the harvest is in this passage, one can imagine that reaping a harvest from not growing weary in doing good involves having rich and meaningful relationships with people, being esteemed as someone worthy of respect, and finding satisfaction and peace. That’s at least what I imagine the harvest of doing good to be like. It might be different for different people, but for me, that’s the picture I get when I think of the reward for persevering in doing good.