Reaping & Sowing
Galatians 6:7 (ESV) -- Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
There are principles and axioms that exist in the world because the world is made by God. He has created the world to work in certain ways. He has formed us to live in certain ways, and for those ways to come with consequences and results. One of those principles is the principle of reaping and sowing.
This principle runs from agriculture to relationships. On a farm, when a farmer plants seeds in the proper season, and tends to that field, he should expect to reap the crops in their due season. If he does the things necessary for reaping, his sowing will prove fruitful. However, if he fails to sow, or sows in the wrong season, and then doesn’t tend to the field, he shouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t reap the harvest he expected.
Our passage today reminds us that this principle is true in our lives too. Paul writes, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” What does Paul mean? He means that our lives are a series of choices and actions. We are sowing things constantly in relationships, at work, and for the Kingdom. If we sow good habits and actions, we should reap good things. If we sow bad habits, we will reap bad results.
If you neglect your marriage, don’t be shocked if you reap a bad marriage. If you sow bad eating habits, don’t be shocked if you reap an unhealthy body. But if you sow good work habits, you should expect good results. If you sow good things toward your relationship with God, you should expect the fruit of that. Likewise, if you live in rebellion and sin against Him, you shouldn’t be shocked if you reap bondage and destruction.
Evaluate your life and determine what you are sowing. Are you sowing the things of God? Are you sowing obedience? The fruit you are reaping will usually tell you what you are sowing.
Reflection & Journal:
- What are some examples you’ve seen of this biblical principle?
- How should we use this biblical idea for examining our own lives?
- Why does the world work this way? What reason do you believe God established this creation law?
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