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Reaping What You Sow

Galatians 6:7-8 says,

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

This is the law of the harvest, which is obvious in the physical realm.  Apple trees produce apples with apple seeds that produce more apples trees.  And so, if you want apples, no clever cultivation of any other seeds will work.  You must plant an apple seed.  You reap what you sow.

But the law of the harvest isn’t always as obvious in the spiritual realm.  Yet regardless of if you understand or even accept this law, it will profoundly affect your life—your present and most certainly your future.  The harvest is that you reap what you sow and you reap more than you sow.

So let me give you a few thoughts from this passage:

First, ask yourself what kind of harvest you want in your life.  Then ask yourself, “Am I planting the right seeds to bring this harvest?”  Because it won’t come any other way, no matter how much you wish and long for it.

Second, don’t downplay the destruction of little sins.  Hate what is evil, even if it seems like just a small seed of anger, unforgivingness, selfishness, lust, complacency, or any other sin.  One little weed seed will produce a weed that has more weed seeds that produce even more weeds.

Third, don’t underestimate the blessing of little acts of righteousness—your daily intake of God’s word, prayer, your involvement in Christ’s church, your obedience and trust.  Those small seeds will yield a harvest of blessing in your life.  Ask God for His grace and wisdom to help you continue to plant these seeds.

Fourth, when you do sin, quickly confess it to God, asking Him to forgive you, to uproot that evil seed in your heart, and to give you His grace to walk in His ways.

So this Scripture is both a warning and an encouragement.  Little thoughts, little actions matter.  May the Lord bless you with a harvest of goodness and joy as you do not lose heart in doing good, knowing that in due time you will reap if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

~Pastor Ron