Sowing and Reaping
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Galatians 6:7-8, NIV
I am not a gardener. Fact is, I am infamous in my neighborhood for my black thumb. If I so much as look at my lawn, it will die. Given that agriculture is not my spiritual gift, let me say that I do understand the basics. For example, if you want to grow tomatoes, then do not plant corn. For if you plant corn, then corn is surely what will grow. This is the law of sowing and reaping. “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
This principle is as self-evident and immutable in your spiritual life as it is in your garden. Every day in dozens of ways we sow to the flesh or to the Spirit.
When you woke up yesterday, did you set your mind on things above, by setting aside a little time for prayer and Bible study? Or did you set your sights on a personal agenda to the exclusion of your relationship with God? Did you kiss your spouse and children and tell them that you loved them? Or did you keep to yourself? Did you speak words of blessing to your neighbors and co-workers? Or was your tongue profane or cynical? Did you give generously to those in need of your time, talent and treasure? Or were you stingy and greedy? Did you give your boss an honest day’s work? Or were you slothful? Did you tell the truth or lie? Did you play catch with your son or watch TV? Did you give or take?
Sowing to the flesh is easy, but it yields a harvest of destruction. When we trust in Christ to save us from sin we sow to the Spirit. The harvest is life eternal.
QUESTION: We can reaffirm our faith by sowing our lives in the soil of God’s Holy Spirit. How can you sow to the Spirit today?