Reaping What you Sow
I know I already mentioned this in one of my most recent posts but one of my favorite verses and the verse that I founded the name of my blog and book from is Galatians 6:9, which says, “Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.”
It’s so powerful! You will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But this verse once again proves the point I always try to make which is you must read the context. Because you won’t automatically reap an amazing harvest after waiting. Let’s back up a few verses and read Galatians 6:7-8 which says, “Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”
Those verses sure do change everything about verse 9, don’t they? You see there are too many people that think they can reap a harvest of abundant fruit, yet all they are sowing are weeds. There is a basic Kingdom principle that applies to every situation and that is this: you will reap whatever you sow. Don’t you love how simple God makes it? Notice it’s not up to him to sow healthy seeds, it’s up to you! You are responsible!
The results of what you have been planting and sowing will be very evident. Just as if I looked at the garden in your backyard, I would easily be able to tell if you had planted tomatoes or spinach, your life is the same way. It wouldn’t take me more than 30 minutes of spending time with you to quickly identify what you have been planting. If you have sown from your flesh, you will reap destruction (yikes) which would be obvious to those around you. But if you sow according to the Spirit? You will reap the things of the Spirit. And can you imagine what you would be like had it been years and years of planting the things of this world? Your words and actions would so quickly display the harvest you have reaped. If you have planted lots of reality TV, secular music and worldly things, then guess what? You will reap a harvest that looks just like this world and it will be destructive. But if you spend your days in the Word, worshiping and surrounding yourself with Spirit-filled Christians then you will reap the things of the spirit! It really is that simple!
What are you sowing? If you were to think about how you spend your time and what you fill your mind with would you expect to reap destruction or eternal life? Does what you are expecting to reap line up with what you have been sowing? Remember, if you want to reap a bountiful harvest, then you have to sow a bountiful fruit!
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