Earlier this year, I was listening to a sermon on sowing and reaping. The preacher made five points I thought were worth sharing, especially given the current climate our nation finds itself in today – You know, the whole red versus blue thing.
Let’s look at the list, and then I will share where I’m coming from.
1. You must sow to reap. (To reap, you must sow.)
2. If you sow, you will reap. (Sounds simple enough – Expect a result.)
3. You will reap what you sow. (The result is a direct response to the reaping.)
4. Ignorance of what we’re sowing won’t keep us from reaping. (Little to no knowledge doesn’t matter.)
5. You will reap more than you sow. (Depending on what you sow, this is either a good thing or a bad thing.)
Given the current climate in America today, we must be careful what we sow. As Billy Graham points out, you will reap what you sow.
So the question becomes – what are you sowing? Is it good or bad?
I think we need to be careful about what we sow in this current climate. If you are a child of God, you know that the Lord wants us to walk by the Spirit, not the flesh.
As a gentle reminder, here’s another preview of what it looks like to walk by the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23.
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Admittedly, walking by the Spirit can be difficult. But we need to remind ourselves that what we sow, we will reap even if not immediately. Plant seeds tomorrow, reap a harvest later.
Sometimes sowing can have negative effects, especially if what we are sowing is sinful and not beneficial. If we are sowing discord, anger, rage, and dissensions, then we’re not walking by the Spirit. Those things are from the flesh, as Paul mentions in the same chapter, verses 19-21.
Wise words from the Apostle Paul
Galatians 6:7-10, “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Sow in prayer and faith. Read the Word of God. Get back into church if available and sow in righteousness. Do good. Be the good. Shine your light.
If we sow good things pleasing to the Lord, the Bible says we will reap good things.
It’s effortless to get caught up emotionally in everything taking place around us, especially in things that are out of our control, but remember that we should be operating from the position of walking by the Spirit. If we do this, we will reap a great reward if we do not give up.
Keep looking up!