One of the major virtues which many christians do not exhibit is “patience”, yet it is so important that it is among the nine fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. It is for this reason that the most frequently used analogy by Jesus to describe the Christian experience in the kingdom of God is the analogy of plant farming; thus the kingdom of God likened to a seed (Mark 4:26).
Planting is a process that has potentials to yield great rewards, but will never be of benefit if you are not willing to be patient. Fortunately for us as Children of God, we have a fruit of the Spirit specifically deposited in us to enable us to be patient. However we must learn to yield to the Holy Spirit and ask Him for grace because patient is not a fruit of a Christian, it is a fruit of the Spirit.
Without patience, being a successful christian is virtually impossible. Much of what we do as Christians (good works) are equivalent to planting seeds. That is, there are actions whose results are not immediately seen irrespective of how frequently and consistently they are done. Not because we are doing anything wrong but because God works with times and seasons (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14).
Every activity in the kingdom of God is an investment sown into the vistas of the spirit which will yield its dividends at the appropriate time. Apostle Paul understood this when he had laboured in the mission field; he did not lament over the people who did not experience salvation then. He simply thanked the Lord of the harvest for the multitudes that were saved and declared in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 that,
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour”.
So, though the decisions and actions are right, the results for a long time may seem overdue but we must remember that it will not tarry long. Though it tarries, wait for it, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:3).
The Lord of the harvest is the one who sees your labour of love and he will not forget to reward you. Hebrews 6:10 says,
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister”.
The reward of every man who is patient is the benefit of obtaining the promise of God being fulfilled in their lives. Hebrews 10:36 says,
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”.
Are you patient with God?